Rundown of interesting numbers:
- California premiums increased at a rate faster than the rest of the nation — 8.3% v 6.1%.
- Firms are requiring HMO copays of $20 more than doubled from 14% in 2004 to 30% this year.
- Number of employees with deductibles ranging between $500-$999 more than doubled from 9% in 2000 to 21% this year.
- The number of firms offering high deductible plans has remained the same over the past three years at 18% (phew)
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