The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has introduced a database of average annual health care costs for workers and employers in major U.S. cities. The database shows that contributions vary widely, even within states.
For example, employees in northern and central New Jersey and on part of the Jersey shore pay an average of $1,676 for family coverage.
But as you move farther away from New York City, prices rise to nearly double that amount. In areas such as Atlantic City and Camden, workers pay an average of $3,079.
Access the new database at www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb and click on “Insurance/Employer” in the left column.