A study by a national consumer health group says the cost of health insurance premiums for a typical Missouri family in nearing $11,000 a year. The study says about 80 percent of the cost is paid by employers. Families USA says costs for workers have increased twice as much as they have for employers. The organization says those are just premium costs. The figures do not include out of pocket expenses such as co-pays anddeductibles. The study says health insurance premiums have gone up more than 61 percent in the last seven years, more than three times the increase in median earnings of Missouri workers.
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