Delaware health care costs rise faster than earnings

    A new report from the non-profit health care reform advocate group Families USA says health care premiums in Delaware went up 88% since 2000, while average earnings for Delaware workers went up only 19%.

    A new report from the non-profit health care reform advocate group Families USA says health care premiums in Delaware went up 88% since 2000, while average earnings for Delaware workers went up only 19%. The report also found that over the last decade, the average annual health care premium for Delaware workers went from $7,553 in 2000 to $14,229 in 2009.  Compare that to the median income for Delaware workers, which was $27,717 in 2000 and now stands at $33,134. Officials with Families USA blame the increase on wasteful health care spending and a decrease in competition in the health care insurance market. They cite this increase as one of the reasons for comprehensive health care reform.

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