Study: Companies Shift More Health Costs Onto Workers

The Obama administration has pointed to the drop in uninsured people as proof that Obamacare is working, but a new survey shows that while more people are getting coverage, many workers who get insurance from their employers are paying a lot more out of pocket for healthcare.

That’s because this year, more people are on high-deductible health plans, which require workers to pay a greater share of expenses, according to a survey released Tuesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Even those that aren’t on high-deductible plans are paying higher deductibles, the survey found.

The foundation looked at employer-sponsored health plans, which are still the most common way Americans get health insurance.

It found that while premiums are relatively stable, workers are paying more in annual deductibles. A deductible requires the insured worker to pay a certain amount before the insurance kicks in.