The cost of employer-sponsored health plans rose significantly in 2017, a new analysis shows.

The study by the Commonwealth Foundation finds that premiums rose by an average of 5.5 percent for individual plans and 4.4 percent for family plans between 2016 and 2017. That amounts to the largest increase for individual plans in three years and the largest for families in six years.

The amount that employees contribute to their premiums rose even faster. It increased by 6.8 percent for individuals and 5.3 percent for families. The average employee pays $1,415 a year for an individual plan or $5,218 a year for a family plan.

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