Study: Workers’ Share Of Health Costs Nearly Doubles In A Decade
The amount that workers contribute toward premiums for their job-sponsored insurance climbed from $606 in 2003 to $1,170 in 2013, according to the Commonwealth Fund report. Meanwhile, the wellness programs that many employers have instituted to curb rising health costs are still unproven.
Minnesota Public Radio:
Study: Workers' Health Coverage Burden Jumps In A Decade
A new report from the Commonwealth Fund says U.S. workers' portion of health insurance costs increased 93 percent over the past 10 years. The amount that workers contribute toward premiums climbed from $606 in 2003 to $1,170 in 2013, the nonprofit health care research group reported Tuesday. (Zdechlik, 12/9)
Kaiser Health News:
Wellness At Work: Popular But Unproven
If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there’s no real evidence as to whether these plans work. One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs all the way to requiring comprehensive health screenings. The 2014 survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 98 percent of large employers and 73 percent of smaller employers offer at least one wellness program. (Rovner, 12/10)