Employees are shelling out 28% more for workplace health benefits than just three years ago.
Most probably realize their monthly premiums are going up because they see more taken out of their paychecks. Workers are seeing their premiums rise year after year, going up by 19% on average since 2011, according to a report issued Thursday by Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health.
This is happening though the overall growth in health MORETami Luhby - Mar 6, 2014 9:56 AM ET
Nowhere is the divide between rich and poor more apparent than in the backyard.
Home values in the top 10% wealthiest communities are worth more than six times that in the bottom 40%, a new survey has found.
Put another way, these rich communities hold nearly 52% of housing wealth, compared to only 8% owned by the lower rungs, according to The Demand Institute, which assessed 2,200 largest communities across the nation. MORETami Luhby - Feb 28, 2014 6:00 AM ET
Need to see a doctor, but it's not an emergency? You might have to wait a few weeks, though it depends on where you live.
Dallas residents may be able to get an appointment to see a family physician in five days, on average, but Bostonians might have to flip two months ahead on the calendar to mark the first available appointment for new patients.
Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment firm, surveyed MORETami Luhby - Feb 17, 2014 6:00 AM ET
Tired of listening to endless hold music while waiting to talk to your Obamacare insurer? Try tweeting it.
Frustrated consumers have taken to social media to contact or complain about their Obamacare insurers. Many have questions or are encountering problems with their new benefits, but can't reach their insurer to resolve the matter.
On hold w/ @AnthemPR_CA for over an hour. Transferred back into phone tree 4x now. May light my hair MORETami Luhby - Jan 31, 2014 6:00 AM ET
Fewer and fewer people are feeling middle class these days.
The share of Americans who describe themselves as middle class has taken a tumble, while the percentage who identify as lower class has soared over the past six years, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center/USA Today. The share of Americans who consider themselves upper class has also shrunk.
This downward shift is likely due to falling wages and MORETami Luhby - Jan 28, 2014 6:00 AM ET
The richest people in the world are very, very rich.
The fat cats at the top control nearly all the world's wealth, according a report from Oxfam, an anti-poverty group.
The bottom two-thirds, meanwhile, own just a tiny sliver.
Oxfam released the report ahead of the World Economic Forum, which called widening income inequality one of the greatest worldwide risks in the next 12 to 18 months.
Pope Francis called on global leaders gathering MORETami Luhby - Jan 22, 2014 9:47 AM ET
Bosses actually are happier.
So says a new Pew Research Center study that found bosses are more likely to be "very satisfied" with their jobs, family life and financial situation than their underlings.
And more bosses than workers say they plan to stay put, especially since nearly two-thirds think they are compensated fairly for their efforts.
Share your story: Do bosses have it better than workers?
But when it comes to gender workplace issues, MORETami Luhby - Jan 9, 2014 10:45 AM ET
Closing New York City's income gap is at the top of new Mayor Bill de Blasio's agenda.
In his inaugural address, the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades said: "We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love."
But that will be a Herculean lift. A new report from the City University of New York's Graduate Center shows that the MORETami Luhby - Jan 9, 2014 10:05 AM ET
Americans are much more likely to have trouble paying medical bills or getting a quick appointment with a doctor than their peers in 10 other high-income, industrialized countries, according to a new study.
Even Americans with insurance are more likely to forgo care because of high costs and to struggle to pay big bills, according to the survey, conducted by The Commonwealth Fund. And the United States spends far more on MORETami Luhby - Nov 14, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Don't be surprised if you're shelling out more for health care on the job next year.
After several years of relatively moderate spending increases, health care costs are set to jump in 2014.
Employees will spend just under $5,000 on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to new research by Aon Hewitt, an employee benefits administrator. That's up 9.5% from the year before.
This is because overall health care spending will increase MORETami Luhby - Oct 22, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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