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Employer Health Insurance Premiums Rose 62%, Deductibles More Than Doubled 2003-2011

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, rising far faster than incomes did in all states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis that tracks trends in job-based coverage state by state. The study also finds that annual costs for the share of insurance premiums paid by workers grew an average of 74 percent, and deductibles more than doubled during the period. Total... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, December 27, 2012

Survey: Consumers Welcome Active Role in Care

From the National Business Coalition on Health: American healthcare consumers are buying into the notion that they must take an active role in their healthcare, according to a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer Health. click here for the survey report. The survey found 80 percent of healthcare consumers believe the trend of individuals taking a more active role in their own care is positive for Americans. Further, and somewhat surprisingly, the consumers feel ready to do so: 76 percent... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 24, 2012

Tennessee Defers State Health Insurance Exchange to the Feds

From Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, posted 12/10/12: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue:“Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.“I'm not a fan of the law.  The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 10, 2012

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