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As the cost of healthcare keeps rising, here's how much people are getting squeezed in every state

Posted On: Dec 7, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

As the cost of healthcare keeps rising, here's how much people are getting squeezed in every state

The cost of healthcare keeps on rising, and a new report shows just how much of a squeeze it's putting on family budgets.
Researchers at The Commonwealth Fund added up the cost of health insurance with the size of deductibles, or how much people would have to spend if they got sick before their insurance kicks in. They then compared that dollar figure with median incomes in every state.
You can think of the resulting figure as providing a rough measure of the financial burden of healthcare spending in every state. The burden is growing because healthcare costs are increasing faster than incomes.
Nationwide, the combined cost of insurance premiums and deductibles was about $7,240, or about 11.7% of income, in 2017. A decade ago, it was 7.8% of the median income.
The researchers, Sara Collins and David Radley, used data on the health insurance plans typically offered by employers, which are the most common type of coverage for people under age 65.
As you can see in the graphic above, the states where...

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