Friday, September 3, 2010

Survey Says: Employees Pay Increased Costs of Health Care

Annual national survey of nonfederal private 
and public employers with three or more workers.

Link to September 3 New York Times article, "Employers Pushed Costs for Health on Workers".

Excerpt: In contrast to past practices of absorbing higher prices, some companies chose this year to keep their costs the same by passing the entire increase in premiums for family coverage onto their workers, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group.

Workers’ share of the cost of a family policy jumped an average of 14 percent, an increase of about $500 a year. The cost of a policy rose just 3 percent, to an average of $13,770.

Workers are now paying nearly $4,000 for family coverage, according to the survey, and their costs have increased much faster than those of employers.

Since 2005, while wages have increased just 18 percent, workers’ contributions to premiums have jumped 47 percent, almost twice as fast as the rise in the policy’s overall cost

Link to 8-page summary of findings.

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