Health Care Premiums Increase Across Virginia

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

August 16, 2006

Virginians, there is some good news, and bad news to tell you about concerning your health care costs.

Employers in Virginia are seeing a double digit increase in health insurance premiums, but not as high as in the past.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce said, some businesses are seeing a 10.7 increase in their premiums this year, which is a little lower than a 10.9 increase of last year.

"We're also seeing an increase in the wellness programming, and the employer supported wellness programming. I think that's a very good sign for businesses especially the small businesses, said Sue Friedman of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development.

This is the fifth year in a row health care premiums have increased by double digits.

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