Continuing on a six-year run, annual employer-sponsored health insurance premiums for family coverage rose by an average of 3% this year to $18,764. The 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey, a benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) study, shows that while premium increases slowed, employees’ contributions have been growing faster than employers’ since 2010 (32% vs. 14%). HRET polled 2,100 large and small employers.
The survey results also showed that employees in small firms paid higher premiums than employees in big firms. Workers at large companies now pay an average of $5,714 annually for health premiums, while workers in firms with fewer than 200 employees pay an average of $6,814 a year.