Employer survey again shows higher costs for workers, firms
Health care costs for both companies and workers keep going higher, with no end in sight. A national survey released Wednesday reported that premiums for employer health plans for family coverage rose 5 percent this year. That benefit cost increase, as in previous years, rose faster than workers’ wages... Read more
University System employees will see higher premiums next year
Tens of thousands of University System of Georgia employees will face average increases in their 2020 health care premiums of 5.5 percent to 7.5 percent. Also starting next year, a university employee will have to pay a $100 monthly surcharge for spousal coverage if the spouse has health insurance offered... Read more
Don’t confuse care sharing ministries with insurance, state warns
Georgia’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers of the potential financial risks of joining a Health Care Sharing Ministries program as an alternative to regular insurance. In these organizations, members agree to share one another’s health care costs. Members of an HCSM typically have a particular religious faith in common,... Read more
Health plan won’t raise rates next year for teachers, state employees
Story updated Georgia teachers and state employees got good news Thursday about their health care benefits. Monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance will be the same in 2020 as they are this year, state officials announced. It’s the second straight time that these health benefit costs will remain the... Read more
Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests
A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, and compares that spending to what Medicare pays at the same facilities. The sampling is limited, with claims studied... Read more

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