Employer Health Coverage for Family Tops $17,000

via Wall Street Journal

Medical forms sit outside an exam room at a  health center in Silver Spring, Md. The average annual cost of an employer family plan rose 4% to 17,545 this year, according to a major survey.

The average cost of employer health coverage passed $17,000 for a family plan this year, despite continued muted growth on a percentage basis, according to a major survey.

The average annual cost of an employer family plan rose 4%, to $17,545, from $16,834 last year, according to the annual poll of employers performed by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation along with the Health Research & Educational Trust, a nonprofit affiliated with the American Hospital Association. The share of the 2015 family-plan premium borne by employees was 29% of the total, the same percentage as last year.

For an individual worker, the average annual cost of employer coverage was $6,251 in this year’s survey, also up 4% over last year. The employee contribution was 18%.


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