News Briefs: Employer Plan Premiums Hold Steady in 2022

The average family premium for employer-sponsored health coverage changed little this year, going from $22,221 in 2021 to $22,463 in 2022, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2022 Employer Health Benefits Survey. However, KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said in a statement that “this could be the calm before the storm, as recent inflation suggests that larger increases are imminent.” In addition, despite the minimal year-over-year change, the average family premium has risen 43% since 2012, surpassing the 25% rise in inflation during that time and the 38% increase in wages. The survey also found that the average annual deductible for single this year is $1,763, similar to last year ($1,669) but up 61% since 2012 ($1,097).

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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