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Health care costs are rising still

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I was swimming around in a few numbers that recently trickled out of our economy, and saw this at the bottom of the pool: $16,351. That, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation 2013 survey is the average annual premium for an employer-sponsored family health insurance policy. An individual policy average $5,884.

This is old news, and good news to some. The family premium is only 4 percent higher 2012, which compared to the bad old double digit days of a few years ago is considered pretty good. Still, it shocks in comparison. Health care for a family now costs more than average mortgage payment in Washington, which is somewhere around $1,200 a month. It is racing toward equity with Washington’s highest-in-the-the-country $9.32-per-hour minimum wage, which brings a full-time worker a bit over $19,300 a year.

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