It's a quiet crisis that has flown under the radar: Job-based health plans have become unaffordable for a growing share of the 156 million Americans who rely on them. Soaring deductibles and huge out-of-pocket costs have prompted hard decisions: Half of American families with job-based plans say they ration trips to the doctor, bypass the ER, and leave prescriptions unfilled, according to a recent survey by The Los Angeles Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Want to get the full story? Join the Center for Health Journalism on July 23 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar that will give you the context and key data points to tell urgent and relatable stories about struggling families for your audience.
Employers across America have shifted ever-greater costs onto workers as U.S. health care costs continue to rise, with employees facing especially high burdens in some states. For instance, the median spending on premiums and out-of-pocket costs was more than $5,000 a year in states such as Nebraska and New Hampshire in 2017, while Hawaiians spent $1,500.
The webinar will feature Noam Levey, national health care policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times; Dr. Arnold Milstein, medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health and director of Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center; and Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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