Health care costs are up as much as 2.7% from the first quarter of 2017, the first increase in more than five years, according to the government’s health care agency.
In some states, premiums have gone up more than 25%.
The average cost for a single-payer health care plan in the first three months of 2018 was $2,095.
The average for a Medicare Advantage plan was $3,947, the government said Friday.
The government’s new health care marketplace, called the Affordable Care Act, also has raised premiums by as much 5.3% in some states.
The rise in health care costs was driven by increases in prescription drug spending, which rose 4.3%, and medical expenses, which increased 2.4%.
A single-premium plan in Washington state costs $4,300 for an individual and $6,100 for a family.
That’s down from $6.90 in 2016, the previous year for which figures are available.
The benchmark for a new-age plan, however, is $26,500 for an annual premium of $2.6 million.
The median income in the United States was $64,700 in the quarter, the highest since 2009.
The national average was $53,400, according the Kaiser Family Foundation.
That compares with $50,400 in 2020.
A Kaiser Health Tracking poll of 816 adults found that 61% of Americans believe that the government should step in to help pay for the costs of health care.
Most Americans, 65%, said that they would prefer that Congress step in, while 33% said that the federal government should not.
The poll found that 65% of those who have insurance believe that insurance companies should be able to charge higher prices for people with pre-existing conditions, but 59% of people who don’t have insurance said that insurance carriers should not be able do so.
The survey also found that 51% of the public said that insurers should be allowed to raise prices on those with pre, moderate or severe conditions.
About one-third of the people surveyed in the Kaiser Health tracking poll said that a national government insurance plan is needed to help cover costs for the uninsured, but another survey found that 42% of adults would like the federal Government to pay for coverage.
About 70% of respondents said that people in the country illegally should not have access to coverage.