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The Employer Health Care Cost Story

  • The Slowdown in Employer Insurance Cost Growth: Why Many Workers Still Feel the Pinch The Commonwealth Fund by Sara R. Collins, David Radley, Munira Z. Gunja, Sophie Beutel. Press Release - Issue Brief - State-by-State Cost Data

  • Health care costs rise slowly for those who get insurance at work SFGate by Victoria Colliver—Health insurance costs for Americans who get their coverage through their jobs have seen only small annual increases since the federal Affordable Care Act went into effect, despite soaring premiums in the new marketplaces. Employee contributions to their health expenses rose more slowly between 2010 and 2015 in most states, including California, than they did in the previous five years, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund. Still, employee salaries haven’t kept pace with health costs.... “There just hasn’t been the large-scale disruption in the employer market that was anticipated before the Affordable Care Act went into place,” said Sara Collins, the report’s lead author and vice president of health care coverage and access for the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation supporting research on health care… “While the amount that employees are being asked to contribute to their health insurance grew more slowly for most between 2010 and 2015 than the previous five years, that share still hurt. That’s because the amount accounted for a larger share of their incomes.”

  • Why employees feel so pinched by health-care costs New York Times by Carolyn Y. Johnson—In fact, the growth in health-insurance premiums and deductibles has moderated since the Affordable Care Act was passed, a trend the authors attribute to a nationwide slowdown in health care costs. About 10.4 million Americans had health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges in the first half of the year, and about 154 million use coverage through their employer or a relative’s employee.


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