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News Analysis: Martha Bebinger on Latest Insurance Stats


More on those new Kaiser numbers on health insurance costs:
WBUR’s Martha Bebinger, who has covered Massachusetts health care for five years, just attended the Kaiser Family Foundation press teleconference about these new figures.
Q: Martha, what struck you about these latest numbers?
A: Three things:
First, Drew Altman, the president of the foundation, says this is the first time he’s seen employers shift the entire cost of the increase to workers.
In other words, employers continue to pay roughly the same contributions they’d been making, but all of the increase went to workers either in the form of a greater share of the premium or in some other out-of-pocket expense like a co-payment. Altman believes that’s reflecting the depth of the recession and employers trying to save jobs.
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