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premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62% between
2003 and 2011, from $9,249 to $15,022 per year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report, which tracks
state trends in employer health insurance coverage, finds that health insurance
costs rose far faster than incomes in all states. Workers also are paying more
out-of-pocket as employee payments for their share of health insurance premiums
and deductibles have more than doubled.
The report, State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003-2011:
Eroding Protection and Rising Costs Underscore Need for Action, finds
that total health insurance premiums now amount to 20% or more of annual median
family incomes in 35 states, affecting 80% of the US working-age population.
In 2011, average annual premiums for family plans ranged from about $12,400
to $13,500 in the lowest-cost states to more than $15,000 a year in 21 states.
Premiums averaged from $16,000 to nearly $17,000 in Delaware, Alaska,
Connecticut, Vermont, New York, the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and
Massachusetts, which have the highest average family premiums.
While average family premiums jumped an average of 62% from 2003 to 2011,
median family income rose just about 11%. The increase in premiums ranged from
42% in the lowest-growth state, Tennessee, to 76% in the highest-growth state,
New York. Twenty-seven states had increases of 60% or more.
The report also finds that employees' premium shares grew. The average
annual amount an employee paid toward a family health insurance plan rose from
$2,283 in 2003 to $3,962 in 2011—a 74% increase.
Deductibles more than doubled from 2003 to 2011, increasing an average of
117% per person during the 8 years the report studied. In 2011, 78% of workers
faced deductibles, up from 52% in 2003. Workers in small firms with fewer than
50 employees typically face higher deductibles than those working for larger
If historical trends continue, family premiums will reach $24,740 by 2020,
an increase of 65% from 2011, says the report.
The report and an interactive map featuring premiums in each state are
available on The Commonwealth Fund's website.
telehealth to become a reality, rehab professionals and patients/clients must
demand more of their personal and overall health care delivery systems,"
says Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS,
in a new APTA podcast titled Telehealth: Recent
Trends, the Importance to Physical Therapy and its Future.
Christopher Peterson, PT, DPT, hosts the podcast, the third in
a series on telehealth, which also features Bambang
Parmanto, PhD, and Tammy Richmond, OT, FAOTA. Lee, Parmanto, and Richmond
describe how telehealth practice may develop over the next 10-15 years and
discuss the opportunities for collaboration between rehabilitation
professionals. Specifically, Parmanto notes the development of common
telepractice among rehab professionals "to help toward sharing
technologies and sharing outcome data from the service being provided."
The group also addresses key areas that need to be addressed for telehealth
opportunities to become a reality, such as payment and licensure.
podcasts are prerecorded discussions and interviews, not live events. Members
can listen to podcasts at their convenience by clicking on the links provided
Now articles, visiting www.apta.org/podcasts/, or subscribing to APTA podcasts on iTunes.