Health Premiums for College Employees Rise by 7%

September 9, 2010

Health care premiums rose by about 7 percent for the typical college employee this year, up several percentage points over the previous year, according to an annual survey by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The association's survey found that employees with family coverage saw the sharpest increases, with their rates rising by 7 percent (compared to 5.7 percent in 2009); premiums for employees with individual coverage grew by 6.7 percent, up from 3.7 percent in 2009. Among other findings: the percentage of respondents offering health care benefits for same sex and opposite sex partners increased this year, the fourth consecutive year of increases; and a majority of responding institutions are still providing health care benefits for retirees.

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