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For most Americans, healthcare costs aren’t skyrocketing
By Beth Pinsker
From Reuters on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Benefits consultant Mercer found that cost growth is stable at 4 percent for 2017, while inflation is running under 2 percent. The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit trade group, pegged that number at 5 percent.

Less of those costs will be passed along to the consumer this year. That means the bottom line – your monthly premium, the annual deductible and coverage for specialty concerns – will be roughly in line with what you paid last year. NBGH said the median deductible for in-network services for all plan types is $1,425 for an individual, and $2,900 for a family.