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2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey

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This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and other relevant information.  The 2013 survey included almost three thousand interviews with non-federal public and private firms.

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,565 towards the cost of their coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

News Release

  • A news release announcing the publication of the 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey is available here.

Summary of Findings

  • The Summary of Findings provides an overview of the 2013 survey results and is available under the “Summary of Findings” tab or as a pdf file in the “Download” box to the right.

Full Report

  • The complete Employer Health Benefits Survey Report includes over 200 exhibits and is available under the “Report” tab or as a pdf file in the “Download” box to the right. The “Report” tab contains 14 separate sections. Users can also download each section separately from the “Download” box or download the complete set of section exhibits from the bottom of the respective section page.

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  • Twenty overview slides from the 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey are available as a slideshow or as pdf.

Additional Resources

  • Standard errors for selected estimates are available in the Technical Supplement here.
  • Employer Health Benefits Surveys from 1998-2012 are available here. Please note that historic survey reports have not been revised with methodological changes.
  • Researchers may request a public use dataset here.

Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Health Research & Educational Trust designed and analyzed the survey.

2013 Summary of Findings