A premium sucker punch
Washington Post, January 26, 2009
A growing number of workers in 2009 will pay more for health benefits, and in some cases receive less coverage, as their employers grapple with the financial fallout of rising medical expenses and diminished revenue and profits, recent surveys of human resource officials show. The Corporate Executive Board found in a survey that a quarter of officials from 350 large corporations said they had increased deductibles an average of 9% in 2008. But 30% of the employers said they expected to raise deductibles an average of 14% in 2009.