Health Care: Employers Pass Increased Costs Onto Workers

09/02/2010 01:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Noam N. Levey

Reporting from Washington --Strained by rising healthcare costs and the sour economy, U.S. employers are pressing workers to shoulder the added burden alone as employees pay higher insurance premiums and more out-of-pocket expenses for their medical care.

The average employer-provided family health plan now costs workers nearly $4,000 a year, up 14% from last year, according to a survey by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust.