Jun 25, 2011 6:05 PM by Matt Stafford

Health care costs rising; who's picking up the tab?

Rising health care costs are nothing new, but the break down of who's paying for the insurance benefits -- between employers and employees -- continues to shift.

The Mountain States Employers Council just finished a survey of businesses in Colorado, and they found many employers are still carrying a heavy part of the cost -- 84 percent.

The amount that employees are paying into their plans is going up - up 24.5 percent from 2006 for single coverage and 27.1 percent increase for family coverage; we're seeing those numbers locally.

"36 percent of Colorado Springs employers have said that they have increased employee contributions for single coverage, to help contain some of those employer costs, this year," says Kim Koy, director of the southern regional office for Mountain States Employers Council. She adds that the number is about 30 percent when it comes to family coverage.

As for that's impact on the budgets of local families, the assistance line 2-1-1 says they've had more first time callers than ever before. 2-1-1 is a community connection to find help in a number of areas, but employees say assistance with health care hasn't been one of their more utilized areas, but they're preparing for a lot more of it.

"It's not in the top 5, and it typically has not been, but as the economy continues to be the way that it is we may see that," says Michelle Milner who works with 2-1-1 in El Paso County.

For more information on 2-1-1 you can dial those numbers on your phone, or you can visit their website by clicking here.

You can find out more about the Mountain States Employers Council by clicking here.

Saturday night on News First 5 we'll look deeper into the survey.


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