Managed Care Mag December 4, 2019
Joseph Burns

If health insurance premiums were in a horse race with inflation and employees’ wages, which would you bet on? 

Smart money is on the premiums, and it turns out not to be much of a contest. 

Results from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey of employer health benefits show that the premiums increased by 5% this year while wages went up by 3.4% and inflation, by 2%. 

The average cost of family coverage reached $20,576 this year.

These numbers are a continuation of a longstanding trend. Premiums have risen by 67% over the past 10 years, more than double the amount (31%) that wages have risen and three times inflation (21%). The average annual cost of health insurance premiums for...