This 24th annual benchmark study finds workers at smaller firms on average pay nearly $2,000 more out of pocket toward family coverage than workers at larger firms. The report captures trends in deductibles and other plan details, and employers’ experiences with mental health and telemedicine.
This analysis of marketplace insurers’ early rate filings in 13 states and the District of Columbia finds that they are seeking higher premium increases than in recent years, largely due to rising prices paid to hospitals, doctors and drug companies and increased use of services by enrollees.
As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Senate recently passed a three-year extension (through 2025) of enhanced subsidies for people buying their own health coverage on the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces. The enhanced subsidies increase the amount of financial help available to those already eligible and also newly expand subsidies to middle-income people, many of whom were previously priced out of coverage. Here’s what to know about the likely renewal of these subsidies:
Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% to average $22,221, according to the 2021 benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey. Many employers also changed their offerings on telemedicine, mental health coverage and wellness programs in response to the pandemic.