Health Insurance Rises Due To Inflation, Averaging $24K For Family Plan

Largest Free Healthcare Clinic In Nation Treats Uninsured In Appalachia
WISE, VA - JULY 25: A nurse checks a patient's blood pressure at the Remote Area Medical (RAM), healthcare clinic July 25, 2008 in Wise, Virginia. The free weekend clinic, staffed by more than 1,400 vollunteer dentists, doctors and medical personel, is the largest of its kind in the nation and organizers expect more than 2,500 patients to turn out for the 2 1/2 day event. Residents of the area, most from the "coal counties" of Appalachia, come from one of the poorest and least educated areas in the United States. Most are underinsured or have no healthcare at all, and for many the annual RAM event is the only medical treatment they may get all year. Health insurance for the disadvantaged has become one of the main issues in this year's presidential race. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi 
11:16 AM – Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The average cost of job-based health insurance has risen 7% since last year. 


According to a KFF’s Employer Health Benefit Survey released on Wednesday, the annual cost for family health insurance has gone up 7% and now sits at an average of $6,575.

Premiums for single coverage also rose to nearly $8,500, increasing 7% and employees’ share of premium is up 8%. 

Matthew Rae, who co-authored the survey, stated that there were many affordability challenges for employee coverage. 

“We have a huge premium increase this year. There’s just no other way to cut it,” Rae said. “There are lots of affordability challenges for employer coverage.”

Though significant, the increase in premiums is broadly in line with wage and inflation increases since 2022, as well as over the previous five years, according to KFF. 

Since health insurance may be used as a recruiting and retention strategy, firms have avoided watering down their coverage due to the tight employment market.

According to KFF, deductibles remained practically flat this year, which may reflect companies’ concerns about how much workers must pay when they require medical care.

Workers with deductibles for single coverage had an annual deductible of about $1,735 on average.

KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said in a press release that people continue to struggle to pay medical bills and the nation has no strategy on health costs.

“Rising employer healthcare premiums have resumed their nasty ways, a reminder that while the nation has made great progress expanding coverage, people continue to struggle with medical bills, and overall, the nation has no strategy on health costs,” Altman said. 

Reportedly, employer-sponsored healthcare coverage is a necessity for almost 153 million people who currently depend on it.

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