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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Snapshots: Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Offer Rates for Workers in Private Businesses

Most Americans receive their health insurance through their own job or the job of a family member; an offer of coverage at work is an important determinant of the likelihood of having private health insurance. This analysis examines the percentage of nonelderly, full-time adult workers (age 18 through 64) in…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Snapshots: Comparison of Expenditures in Nongroup and Employer-Sponsored Insurance: 2004-2007

Data from the insurance industry and reviews of premiums offered through on-line sellers show that premiums for nongroup health insurance are lower than premiums reported on national surveys for employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI).  This paper uses pooled data from the 2004 through 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to compare the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Snapshots: Illustrating the Potential Impacts of Adverse Selection on Health Insurance Costs in Consumer Choice Models

A current strategy for addressing the cost of health insurance involves consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs). These plans generally are less expensive than more traditional health plan designs, but it is not clear whether the lower costs derive entirely from the new benefit structure or whether some of the savings result…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Snapshots: Comparing Projected Growth in Health Care Expenditures and the Economy

The rising cost of health care is much in the news. Health costs continue to grow faster than national income and, despite research indicating that we the get good value for the increased spending, some policy makers and health analysts question whether governments and private employers can continue to finance…

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The Flip Side of Higher Premiums: Better Coverage

Time Magazine’s recent cover story on health care – “Bitter Pill” by Steven Brill – has focused attention on hospital prices, especially for people paying out of their own pockets. This is not a new issue, but certainly one that deserves attention. However, what has been lost in the ensuing…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Family Health Premiums Rise 3 Percent to $13,770 in 2010, But Workers’ Share Jumps 14 Percent as Firms Shift Cost Burden

About One In Four Covered Workers Now Face Annual Deductibles Of $1,000 Or More, Including Nearly Half Of Those Employed By Small Businesses WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Workers on average are paying nearly $4,000 this year toward the cost of family health coverage – an increase of 14 percent, or $482,…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

A Consumers Guide to Understanding Managed Care

A booklet to help health care consumers understand managed care. A Consumer’s Guide: Understanding Managed Care

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Snapshots from the Kitchen Table: Family Budgets and Health Care

This Kaiser Family Foundation documentary, “Snapshots from the Kitchen Table: Family Budgets and Health Care,” profiles several American families who are struggling to make ends meet. It depicts the narrow financial ledge on which millions of low- and middle- income working households stand even in normal economic times, and illustrates…

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Visualizing Health Policy: Health Care Costs

The September 2012 Visualizing Health Policy  infographic  examines health costs in the United States, including how costs have changed, how they compare to some other countries, and how they impact American families. See the full-size infographic at The Journal of the American Medical Association View the related Slideshow Visualizing Health Policy is…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Assessing the Effects of the Economy on the Recent Slowdown in Health Spending

Introduction Health spending has been growing at historically low levels in recent years. The Office of the Actuary (OACT) in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that national health spending grew by 3.9% each year from 2009 to 2011, the lowest rate of growth since the federal government began keeping…

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