Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Healthcare costs take a climb in 2011, study says

Employer-sponsored health insurance costs have hit an all-time high for Americans.

The average annual premium for family coverage by employers reached $15,073 this year, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday. The increased rate, which is 9 percent higher than last year, marks the first time coverage has surpassed $15,000.

Single coverage has also risen within the last year, the study says, climbing 8 percent over 2010 rates. Kaiser officials credit insurer profits, the health care overhaul, and the continued rise in health care costs as factors in the increase.

The COURIER wants to know what you think of health insurance rates, and how it is affecting you and your family. Leave a comment or write us at news@claremont-courier.com.

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