The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative has released a new policy brief,
“Unbridled Costs: The Economic Toll of High Hospital Prices in Kentucky.”
Kentucky employers, workers, and families face rising healthcare
costs that undermine wages and employer competitiveness. Annual
premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance now exceed an
astonishing $20,000 per family in Kentucky — a figure that only
continues to rise.
While there are many reasons for high and rising health premiums
and out-of-pocket costs for families, this policy brief explores how
hospital prices are driving higher costs and describes the quantifiable
impact to Kentucky employers and families. The brief concludes by
offering policy reforms to help slow the trend of these rising costs.
As always, KHC believes multiple sectors can accomplish more
together than alone as we work collaboratively to transform and
optimize healthcare for all Kentuckians.