The total cost of typical employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) coverage for a family of four has increased 6.3 percent this year, to $24,671.
Analysts at Milliman have published that estimate in their latest medical cost index.
Climbing specialty drug spending helped increase the level of cost growth up from 5.4 percent in 2014.
Both this year and last year, increases in employer health benefits costs have been below the 10-year average, but the increases in health benefits costs are still much higher than the overall rate of inflation, the analysts say.
The employees’ total share of benefits costs, including employee premium contributions and out-of-pocket costs, has increased 8 percent this year, to $10,473.