As health care costs continue to rise, employers have a tough choice: absorb the hit to their budgets themselves, or pass some of the cost increase onto employees. The latter option is becoming less appealing as employers are looking to keep their benefits competitive to keep and recruit workers. Moreover, some employees simply can't afford to pay any more than they already are.

According to an analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this year, the average premium for a family employer-sponsored health plan has surpassed $20,000, and it's hitting lower income pocketbooks hardest.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.