March 10, 2013
BRINGING CONSUMER FORCES TO BEAR:
Workers' Share of Health Costs Is Likely to Continue Rising (ANN CARRNS, 3/07/13, NY Times)
Not coincidentally, Health Costs Slow To Lowest Rate In 15 Years... Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2013 10:10 AMWorkers are paying a greater share of their health care costs, and that trend is likely to continue over the next several years, a new report on employer-based health plans finds.Employers still bear most of the cost of workplace health plans. But employees contribute 42 percent more for heath plan coverage than they did five years ago, as against a 32 percent increase for employers, according to the study from the benefits consultant Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit industry group whose members are large employers concerned rising about health care costs. (This change is shown in the graphic above.)Meanwhile, though, the share of the total cost of health care borne by employees, including both premiums and costs paid out-of-pocket, climbed to 37 percent in 2013, from 34 percent in 2011, the report found.