Statewide survey indicates higher medical insurance premiums

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The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is seen in Los Angeles, California, on December 12, 2009.

A study out today indicates that Californians who get their medical insurance through their jobs are paying far more in premiums than they did seven years ago — about 117 percent more a year.

The Oakland-based California Healthcare Foundation’s annual employer benefits survey found that the average single employee spent $5,100 on premiums last year. Families spent, on average, $13,000.

The rising costs of healthcare has prompted more employers to push costs on to workers and to drop health care altogether. Marianne Mulkey is with the California Healthcare Foundation. She spoke with KPCC’s Julie Small about the impact of all this on millions of Californians.

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