While premiums continue to rise sharply for plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, premiums rose modestly for employer-sponsored plans, according to the 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

The average premium for family coverage in the workplace in 2017 increased by 3 percent from a year ago, to an annual total cost of $18,764, according to the survey, which included more than 2,100 interviews with non-federal public and private firms. The amount of yearly increases appears to be leveling off, as this is the sixth consecutive year of small increases. Overall, average premiums for family coverage in the workplace have risen 55 percent since 2007, but at a slower 19 percent pace since 2012.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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