Study: Health insurance costs going up in NH

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A new national study says health insurance costs in New Hampshire have climbed nearly five times faster than salaries this decade.

The study also said benefits are being trimmed and co-payments are going up.

The study, by 2008 Families USA, says premiums between 2000 and 2007 went up 79 percent, while the average worker’s earnings rose 16 percent. Based on federal figures, the study found that the cost of the average employer-sponsored family plan went from $7,525 to $13,460. Factor in fewer benefits and higher deductibles and co-payments, and the report says many people are paying more and receiving less.

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