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Average annual growth in workplace family health insurance premiums Since 2012, the growth in health insurance premiums has slowed, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust. In 2017, that increase in premiums was only slightly higher than the percent increase in workers’ wages. The price of employer plans has proven far more stable than that of individual policies, where premiums have risen about 20 percent since 2012, according to Kaiser. (Sources: 12) 3 percent (2016) 3 percent (2017)
Average total premium These are averages according to the KFF/HRET survey. Premiums vary widely according to region and levels of coverage. (Sources: 12) $6,435 single / $18,142 family (2016) $6,690 individual / $18,764 family (2017)
Average worker contribution to premium Workers in smaller companies pay a higher share of their family coverage than those who work for large corporations, according to the KFF/HRET report. On average, employees pay about 18 percent of their insurance premiums for themselves and 31 percent if they have coverage for the whole family. (Sources: 12) $1,129 single / $5,277 family (2016) $1,213 single / $5,714 family (2017)
Medicaid enrollees This total includes those enrolled in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP provides insurance to children (and some pregnant women) whose families make too much money to qualify for traditional Medicaid. (Sources: 12) 75.1 million (January 2017) 74.2 million (October 2017)
Uninsured (nonelderly) The share of adults without health insurance coverage rose faster in 2017 than in any year since 2008, according to Gallup. The company estimates about 3.2 million more people were uninsured at the end of 2017 compared with a year earlier. Gallup attributed that uptick to multiple factors. Higher prices in the insurance exchanges, because of insurers pulling out, may have driven some consumers out of the market. Aside from that, GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, “may have caused some consumers to question whether the government would enforce the penalty for not having insurance,” Gallup wrote. (Sources: 12) 10.9 percent (Q4 2016) 12.2 percent (Q4 2017)