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Expect your health insurance costs to rise in 2017
By Darla Mercado
From CNBC on Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Health insurance premiums will increase by 5 percent in 2017 for employees, according to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents large employers.

"This increase is consistent with the last several years, but stable doesn't necessarily mean 'good,'" said Brian Marcotte, CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "That's three times general inflation and double the projected growth for wage increases [in 2017]."

Often, employers kick off a major educational initiative when they introduce workers to the high-deductible plans, said Marcotte. Many employers seed HSAs with contributions. The median employer contribution to an HSA is $600 for individual coverage and $1,100 for family plans, according to the survey.