Medical insurance premiums have been rising faster than wages for decades, according to a new report.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has been tracking medical insurance claims since 1985, when the first comprehensive survey of medical claims was conducted.
But the report from the nonprofit Center for American Progress, which has been documenting medical insurance trends for decades , shows the trend has accelerated.
Medical insurance premiums were up 17% between 2014 and 2016, according the report, which also found that medical expenses for patients with cancer, strokes and other conditions have doubled since 2015.
In the year before the recession, medical claims were growing by 9.3%, while wages were growing at 2.3%.
Medical claims grew by 2.6% in 2016, while wages grew by 0.9%.
And the report notes that health care spending grew by 4.7% in 2017, while healthcare expenses rose by 1.3% over the same period.
The report comes as the Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its estimates for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2017, which is the first full year of the Trump administration.
The CBO has predicted that premiums for individuals will increase from 3.8% in 2018 to 4.6%, while premiums for groups will grow from 8.6%.
The report notes it is difficult to draw firm conclusions about the health insurance market for individuals because of the lack of data on insurance premiums, claims and out-of-pocket expenses.
It also notes that the CBO has yet to determine the extent to which the health care law has increased costs for individuals and families.
However, the report says the overall health care market has become more competitive, with insurance premiums falling to levels similar to those before the Great Recession.
The health care reform law has had an impact on healthcare costs.
For example, premiums for private health insurance have fallen for a third of the insured population since the ACA went into effect in 2014, the CBO found.
In a statement, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said, “Insurance premiums have declined as insurance costs have fallen.
In fact, insurance premiums for the insured have fallen faster than for the uninsured since the law went into force.”
The CBO also found, however, that there is a widening gap between premium levels in different groups.
The premium gap between individuals and groups with incomes above the federal poverty level has widened from 15% in 2014 to 26% in 2020.
The percentage of those who pay higher premiums has grown from 17% to 26%.
The CBO report said it will be difficult to determine whether the health law has been a net positive for consumers.
The law requires insurance companies to cover preventive care, maternity care and prescription drugs, and has not been widely adopted.
But it also noted that the law has helped provide financial relief for some Americans who are in financial difficulty, and it helped the middle class in particular.