Reform Law Seen as Pushing Coverage Costs

The cost of health insurance coverage provided by nonfederal public and private employers increased nearly three times as fast this year as it did last year, with up to one-third of the increase attributable to the 2010 federal healthcare law, according to a national survey.

The 13th annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that in 2011 the average annual premiums for individual coverage were $5,429, or 8% higher than in 2010, and premiums for family coverage were $15,073, or 9% higher. The rise in the cost of family coverage was a sharp acceleration from the 3% increase the same survey found in 2010.

The only factor among many possible drivers to the latest premium increase that the survey authors Continue reading