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Commonwealth analysis finds steady rise in premium costs, shift toward employees
Modern Healthcare

Health insurance premiums for employer-based plans grew 50% from 2003 to 2010 and if unchecked will increase another 72% by 2020, to nearly $24,000 for family coverage, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the Commonwealth Fund. The not-for-profit organization, which studies and promotes healthcare quality, affordability and access, is a vocal supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and asserts that the law provides a foundation for slowing that growth. Curbing it by just 1 percentage point would save the average household $2,161, according to the report.