Health care costs for the typical family of four are projected to reach $20,728 this year, a 6.9 percent increase from last year, according to information released Tuesday.

The numbers come from the Milliman Medical Index, which measures the average health care costs for an American family of four receiving health care through an employer-sponsored preferred provider organization plan.

The 6.9 percent increase over 2011 is actually the lowest rate of increase in the 10 years of this study. Still, the total increase is the largest in that time period—the $1,335 increase surpasses last year's record of $1,319.

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