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Health insurance costs rise for employers and workers, survey finds
Sacramento Bee

American workers and their employers saw another rise in health insurance premiums this year, as the total cost of employer-provided health benefits ticked up 4 percent for family plans and 5 percent for individual plans, according to a closely watched national survey. The 2013 increases are lower than in many previous years, undercutting claims by critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law that the 2010 legislation is dramatically driving up costs. Nor is there much evidence that many employers are dropping coverage – 57 percent of firms with at least three employees offered health benefits in 2013, according to the report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

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