Florida Workers Beset by Coverage Worries

June 14, 2002 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Rising health care costs are forcing Florida's families to choose between pay increases and pension benefits in order to maintain their health insurance coverage, a survey reveals.

Three out of four of those surveyed believe that, of all their employer-sponsored benefits, health coverage is the one they can’t do without.

Among those polled:

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  • 64% say their out-of-pocket health care expenses have increased over the last four years
  • 75% value health care coverage more than any other benefit
  • 65% are concerned that they may not be able to afford coverage if health care costs continue to rise
  • almost half believe their employer should offer more help in paying for health care coverage.

The survey, which was conducted by Cherry Communications on behalf of the Florida AFL-CIO, comprised the responses of 500 adult Florida residents on June 10 and 11.