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Cost of family health insurance tops $22,000 this year

The annual report shows health plan premiums continued their steady rise during the pandemic as employers expanded access to mental health care.

The cost of employer-sponsored insurance plans continues to rise at a relatively steady rate even as a global pandemic has caused dramatic disruptions in how and when people get health care.

The findings, released Wednesday, come from California-based Kaiser Family Foundation’s yearly report that put the average annual premium for family coverage this year in employer-sponsored health plans at $22,221, up 4% from last year. The national survey found that workers are contributing $5,969 toward the cost of family coverage this year, with employers paying the rest…

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