Employers' health costs still zooming, just not as quickly.
Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums once again grew by a declining rate in 2007, but continued to outpace out·pace
tr.v. out·paced, out·pac·ing, out·pac·es
To surpass or outdo (another), as in speed, growth, or performance.
[-pacing, both wages and general inflation, a new study published in the journal Health Affairs concludes.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the 2007 Employer Health Benefits Survey, sponsored annually by the Kaiser Family Foundation The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), or just Kaiser Family Foundation, is a U.S.-based non-profit, private operating foundation headquartered in Menlo Park, California. and Health Research and Educational Trust, the average annual premium for family coverage under an employer-sponsored policy is $12,106 this year, with a typical worker contribution of $3,281 toward the premium.
For firms with fewer than 200 employees, workers contributed $4,236 on average for family coverage, compared with $2,831 for employees of larger firms. For single coverage, average employee contributions were actually greater at large firms, averaging $759, than at smaller firms, where they averaged $561. In a statement, Kaiser President Drew E. Altman Alt·man , Robert Born 1925.
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Health premiums rose an average 6.1%, compared with 7.7% in 2006. It was the fourth consecutive year the survey found a declining rate of increase, and marked the slowest premium growth since the 5.3% increase in 1999.
Kaiser said the 2007 increase more than doubled the 2.6% overall inflation rate and the 3.7% growth in workers' wages. The survey said premiums have risen 78% since 2001, while wages have risen 19% and inflation has grown just 17%.
America's Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for the health insurance industry, saw the moderation trend as a silver lining silver lining
A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.
[From the proverb "Every cloud has a silver lining". that demonstrates the industry's focus on containing costs. It cited a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers that said tiered tier 1
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2. A rank or class.
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Bureau of the Census , the percentage of Americans covered by employment-based health insurance fell from 60.2% in 2005 to 59.7% in 2006. The number of Americans without health insurance coverage rose to a record 47 million in 2006.
Going Up Average annual firm and worker premium contributions for covered workers for single and family coverage, by plan type, 2007 Worker Contribution Firm Contribution HMO Single $711 $3,588 Family $3,311 $8,568 PPO Single $717 $3,290 Family $3,236 $9,207 POS Single $628 $3,709 Family $3,659 $7,929 HDHP/ Single $522 $3,347 SO Family $2,856 $7,837 ALL Single $694 $3,785 PLANS Family $3,281 $8,824 Note: Table made from bar graph. Cost of Health Care Average annual worker premium contributions and total premiums for covered workers, single and family coverage, by firm size, 2007 All Small Firms All Large Firms (3-199 Workers) (200+ Workers) Single Coverage Premium $4,553 $4,442 Worker Contribution * $561 $759 Family Coverage Premium $11,835 $12,233 Worker Contribution * $4,236 $2,831 * Estimates are statistically different between All Small Firms and All Large Firms (p<.05). Source: Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits, 2007. Note: Table made from bar graph.