Breaking News: Nationwide, Workers Paying Nearly $500 More For Health Insurance

If your employer is footing less and less of your health insurance bill, you're part of a major trend.
The cost of family health insurance overall rose just slightly last year — by a mere 3 percent — but the share that workers have to contribute leaped by 14 percent, according to a just-released annual report.
That adds up to $482 out of the average total of nearly $4,000 that workers this year are paying toward family health insurance.
Over the last five years, workers' share of premiums has gone up 47 percent, says the new annual report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust.
To come: WBUR's Martha Bebinger answers questions about these latest numbers and what they mean for Massachusetts residents.

This program aired on September 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.



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