FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, a person looks over her health insurance benefit comparison chart which shows out-of-network coverages dropped for 2018 in Peachtree City, Ga. The Kaiser Family Foundation finds that more companies are making workers pay an annual deductible or increasing the amount they must spend before insurance starts covering most care. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Survey: Companies continue to pass health costs to workers

October 03, 2018 - 7:01 am

A survey finds more companies are sticking workers with a bigger share of the medical bill before most health insurance kicks in.

That means that those who use the health care system are pouring more of their take-home pay into medical bills even though they have coverage.

The report was released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser finds that more companies are making workers pay an annual deductible or increasing the amount they must spend before insurance starts covering most care. Annual deductibles for single coverage have now climbed about eight times as fast as wages over the last decade.

Health benefits experts say they see few signs that these rising deductibles will level off anytime soon for employer-sponsored benefits.