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Compare health care premiums by region on new federal database

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Ever wonder how your health care costs stack up against those of employers in other parts of the country?

You can find out by accessing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s database, which compares companies’ and workers’ annual average health insurance costs in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas.

The database shows that average premiums for family coverage were highest in the New York metro area, at $11,244, and lowest in Riverside, Calif., which averaged $8,521.

The report shows that employee contributions for family coverage were lowest in New York City, averaging $1,851 annually, while Seattle workers contributed the most, at $3,299. The database also provides comparisons within states. For more data, go to www.ahrq.gov (click on “Medical Expenditure Panel Survey” in the middle column).  

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