Insurance Premiums Rose Faster than Wages from 2003-2009

by Rebecca Farley on December 7, 2010

According to a new report issued by the Commonwealth Fund, premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased an average of 41 percent across states from 2003 to 2009, more than three times faster than median incomes. The analysis also found that deductibles per person rose an average of 77 percent.

The report, “State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2009,” presents a state-by-state analysis of private employer health insurance costs for the six years prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The researchers also offer projections of what premiums will be in 2020 if these increases continue. On the Commonwealth Fund website, you can also view an interactive map showing a state-by-state view of health insurance premium increases.

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