Summary Box: Workers pick up growing insurance tab

2010 COSTS: Total premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance climbed only 3 percent for family coverage and 5 percent for single coverage, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust report.

WORKERS PAY MORE: Employees, not their companies, absorbed most of those increases. Worker contributions to premiums climbed 14 and 15 percent, respectively, for family and single coverage.

THE BIG PICTURE: Companies are shifting more insurance costs to workers to deal with the slow economy and as part of a push to make them better health care consumers.

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