Yeah, apparently it's like opening a bag with a spoiled Limburger cheese and onion sandwich......
A new report from consultant and plan manager Hewitt Associates shows that out-of-pocket costs here, including premiums and co-payments, are 25 percent more than the national average, which will increase to $2,177 next year from $1,934 this year.
Hewitt said next year's health care out-of-pocket payments will increase 12.4 percent nationally, the highest level in five years, mostly because of the impending health-care reform law. In the last decade, total health-care premiums have more than doubled and the employee's share has more than tripled.
Companies are seeing similar trends, with total premium payments - both the employer and employee portions - projected to increase 8.7 percent to $10,272 next year, Hewitt said.
The accelerated increase comes from health-care reform, with many mandates taking effect last week. Some insurers have said the law could add up to 5 percent to costs next year in this region.