Summary: “The Milliman Medical Index (MMI) was released earlier today, and like every year since 2001, the index was up,” Dan Munro wrote in Forbes. “This year’s MMI — which calculates the total cost of employer-sponsored PPO coverage for an average American family of four — is $25,826. That’s the total average cost for employer-sponsored coverage, but the MMI is further divided into two core components: the individual employee expense and the employer portion. This year’s employee expense–which includes premium contributions (typically through payroll) plus out-of-pocket expenses–combined to equal $11,033. In lockstep with the MMI generally, the employee portion has continued its upward climb as well.” Dan Munro, “Annual Healthcare Cost For Family Of Four Now At $25,826,” Forbes.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.