Kaiser Foundation's annual survey on employer health benefits: Workers on average are paying nearly $4,000 this year toward the cost of family health coverage—an increase of 14%, or $482, above what they paid last year, according to the benchmark 2010 Employer Health Benefits Survey recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET). Covered workers on average contribute 19% of the total premium for single coverage (up from 17% in 2009) and 30% for family coverage (up from 27%). The average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance are $5,049 for single coverage and $13,770 for family coverage. Since 2000 average family premiums have increased 114% and worker contributions to the total premium have increased 147%. The annual survey of employers continued to document the prevalence of high-deductible health plans associated with a savings option; in 2009 these plans accounted for 8% of covered workers, and in 2010 the proportion was 13%. In response to the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, 31% of firms with more than 50 workers made changes to the mental health benefits they offer. Among those making changes, 66% eliminated limits on coverage, Most of this group eliminated limits on coverage to comply with the law, 16% increased utilization management of mental health benefits, and 5% dropped mental health coverage altogether. The survey, which was conducted from January 2010 through May 2010, included 3,143 randomly selected public and private firms with three or more employees, 2,046 of which responded to the full survey and 1,097 of which responded to an additional question about offering coverage. Researchers at the Kaiser Foundation, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and Health Research Educational Trust designed and analyzed the survey. The report is available on the Kaiser Web site at ehbs.kff.org/pdf/2010/8086.pdf.