A new report shows the cost of health insurance coverage in Wisconsin continues to climb.
The annual Mercer survey looks at the average cost of employer-provided health insurance in states across the US. Robert Kraig with Citizen Action of Wisconsin says it shows coverage in the Badger State carries a price tag 22-percent higher than the national average.
The average health policy cost in Wisconsin $10,088, compared to a national average of $8,495.
Kraig says Wisconsin is also seeing the cost of coverage rising faster than it is in other states, with an inflation rate of 6.8-percent.
Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsinites get their health insurance from employer-provided plans. Kraig says the rising costs could discourage businesses from coming here, since the cost of providing benefits is more than in neighboring states.
Kraig says passing health care reforms in Congress could help to get costs more under control.