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Health insurance premiums rise a little
San Francisco Chronicle

Health insurance premiums for coverage sponsored by employers edged up an average of 4 percent – a modest increase by historical standards but still higher than wages and inflation, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. While insurance continues to be pricey – the survey found the average annual premium for a family of four costs $15,745 – the 4 percent increase stands in contrast to the 9 percent increase reported from 2010 to 2011 and the double-digit increases of 2004 and earlier.