Employee Benefits

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM EDT

Perks are changing for many area employees as free benefits are a thing of the past at many companies.

The few that still provide free health insurance, and more, are struggling to keep it up. That's the focus of a special report in this week's Business First, which looks at insurance and employee benefits.

At many companies, employees are required to pay a portion of their health care costs. Those numbers are on the rise, as many companies can't afford to cover benefits in full any longer.

Many small businesses are working with employee benefit companies to try and balance their expenses with the toll on employees.

This week's Business First takes a look at employee contributions for healthcare. These figures are for all sized firms, for single coverage. 62 percent of workers pay up to 25 percent of their premium. 22 percent pay up to half of their premium. Only 14 percent don't pay anything. And two percent of workers pay more than half of their coverage. The numbers are for 2013.

You can get full details in this week's Business First.

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