Employers and workers will shell out more cash for health insurance in 2020.
Large companies predict the total cost of workplace health-care coverage to reach an average of $15,375 next year, according the National Business Group on Health. That’s up from $14,642 in 2019.
This figure combines workers’ and employers’ spending on insurance. Employees are expected to shoulder about $4,500 in costs next year, including out-of-pocket spending, the group found.
The organization, which represents large employers’ perspectives on health-care policy, polled 147 large employers to get their perspectives on health-care trends.
Employees with families face even steeper costs.
In 2018, employers spent an average of $15,159 in premiums to cover a family of four, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Those workers paid a total of $7,726 in 2018. Of that, $3,020 came from cost-sharing, including deductibles, coinsurance and copayments.
“Employer premiums are going up; they pay more each year,” said Cynthia Cox, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “But so do the employees and their families.”
Deductibles — the amount you must pay before the insurance company provides benefits — now account for more than half of workers’ out-of-pocket spending, Kaiser found. That’s up from 26% in 2008.
Indeed, among workers in a plan with an annual deductible, the average for single coverage in 2018 was $1,573, Kaiser found.
The average was even higher for high-deductible health plans: $2,349 for single coverage.
High-deductible plans, however, often come with a health savings account or HSA — that is, a tax-advantaged account that allows workers to save pretax dollars, grow their money free of tax and use the money for qualified health expenses….Read more>>