Sign up today and save up to 67% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription


Health care enrollment season present dizzying choices

Just in time for the upcoming benefit enrollment period, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released its annual survey of employer health plans, which cover more than half of the non-elderly population, or 147 million people. Costs are up 4 percent in 2015 from a year ago. That may seem modest, but it's still twice the pace of inflation and more than the average wage gains for most families. A family plan now costs $17,545, of which workers pay $4,955. That's up 83 percent from a decade ago and up 24 percent since 2010. Deductibles are also higher -- on average now they are $1,077 per individual, up 67 percent from just five years ago and 255 percent over the past decade! With...