Health Insurance Costs Rise

As health insurance costs rise, workers in Oregon and U.S. spend more on premiums and deductibles

Health insurance costs are growing faster than income in all 50 states, a new study says, and workers are feeling the pinch in rising out-of-pocket costs.

Workers who receive health insurance through their employer are spending more of their income on premiums and deductibles but their wages are not keeping up with the increases, according to a report released Thursday by The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health policy reform.

Oregon is among 12 states that have seen a slowdown in the growth of employer-sponsored health insurance premiums from 2010 to 2013, following passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to the New York City-based foundation.

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