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Employer health rates rise 3%, worker deductibles top $1,200
Employer health rates rise 3%, worker deductibles top $1,200

The price of employer health insurance rose a modest 3% this year, a major survey shows, but workers will be paying more when they get sick as deductibles soar. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 3%, on average, to $16,834, according to the survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Those results reflect a recent trend of slower growth in healthcare costs. But many employers and health-policy experts predict bigger increases for 2015 and beyond as the economy recovers. "Large employers are skeptical the current low trends will continue for a variety of reasons," said Bill Kramer, executive director...

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