Low-wage worker contributions toward family coverage higher
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Workers at lower-wage firms on average pay $1,000 more each year out of their paychecks for family coverage than workers at higher-wage firms ($4,977 and $3,968, respectively) according to the not-for profit Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET)’s 2012 Employer Health Benefits Survey report.
In the study, low-wage firms were classified as those where at least 35 percent of their workers earn $24,000 of less a year and high-wage firms were classified as those where at least 35 percent of their workers earn $55,000 of more a year.
The higher low-wage worker contribution toward family coverage occurs even though the average total premium cost (employer plus employee paid) for family coverage at firms with many lower-wage workers is lower than at firms with many higher-wage workers ($14,694 and $16,427, respectively). In most cases, low-wage firm total premium costs are lower because of less comprehensive coverage.
There are other significant differences when comparing low-wage and high-wage firms including employee out of pocket exposures. Specifically, 44 percent of covered workers at firms with many lower-wage workers face an annual deductible of $1,000 or more, compared with 29 percent of those at firms with many higher-wage workers. Across all employers, 34 percent of covered workers face a deductible of that size, including 14 percent with deductibles of at least $2,000 annually.
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