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  • The average cost for employer-based coverage in New York State is $6,251 for single coverage and $17,545 for family coverage, raising 4 percent from 2014. (September 22, 2015) Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits Survey  

  • More than 53 percent of New York State establishments offer private sector coverage in 2014, Source: KFF State Health Facts 2014

  • Requiring hospitals and providers to disclose their charge for service ahead of time helps reduce costs. An August 2014 study in California found that receiving price information ahead as they were making medical decisions ultimately helped shift consumer behavior and resulted in lower costs. Source: AIM Specialty Health , August 4, 2014 

  • The United States spends more on health care services than any other country, exceeding $2.6 trillion, or about 18 percent of gross domestic product. Most years medical spending rises faster than inflation and the economy as a whole.  Source: Kaiser Health News, October 24, 2012

  • Rising prescription drug costs are a major contributor to rising U.S. health care costs. Retail prescription drug spending grew almost twice as fast as all other health services in recent years and is expected to outpace overall health spending growth by an average annual rate of four percentage points over the next ten years. Source: Health Affairs, Health Spending Projections for 2002–2012, February 2003

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