Annual Family Health Costs rise above $22,000!

According to the Milliman Medical index, total costs for a family of 4, on an employer-sponsored PPO plan, rose 6.3% last year to $22,030.  Of that amount the average employer payment is $12.886, with the employee paying the $9144 balance.  That employee cost consists of $5544 in payroll deductions ($106.61/week) and $3600 in employee out-of-pocket costs.

This now exceeds the costs for groceries for a typical family of four.  And, while health care reform may cover more benefits and reduce out-of-pocket costs in some cases, premium increases will probably eat up any savings (and more).