Employers Push Health Care Costs onto Employees, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

As employers face continued growth in health care costs, they are shifting more of the burden onto employees.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, for 2017 employees were paying, on average, $5,714, or 30% of the total premium, as their share of the cost of covering a typical family (in addition to the $13,049 paid on average by the employer).  Employees at firms with less than 200 employees pay $6,814 on average.  The Foundation also reported that 81% of covered workers had a general deductible in 2017, up from only 47% in 2009.  Approximately 51% had deductibles of at least…

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