Insurance premiums soar as pay lags in Oregon

PORTLAND — A new report says the cost of health care is rising much faster than the incomes of workers in Oregon and across the nation.

Families USA, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., says the average annual insurance premium paid by employers and workers for family health coverage has jumped from $6,654 to $13,378 since the start of the decade — an increase of 101 percent.

During the same period, the median earnings of Oregon workers rose 24 percent — from $22,401 to $27,743.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported similar trends Tuesday from a national survey of non-federal employers.

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