Sep 15, 2009 12:29 PM by Associated Press

Health insurance premiums rose modestly in 2009

Researchers say the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance is rising modestly again this year but bigger increases may lie over the horizon.

The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose 5 percent in 2009 to more than $13,000, mirroring last year's increase. Single coverage costs were nearly $5,000 per person.

Experts say the possibility of health care reform and an increase in high deductible plans may be helping to contain premium growth. But Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman says premium increases have historically rebounded after slowing for a few years.

Kaiser and the Health Research and Educational Trust reported on the growth this morning.


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