As Childhood Diabetes Rates Rise, So Do Costs — And Families Feel The Pinch: Study

( By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez for Kaiser Health News)

Childhood diabetes rates are on the rise, and a report released Monday pointed to the impact that the cost of their care could have on families — even those who have employer-sponsored health insurance.

The study, conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), found that children as old as 18 with diabetes who were insured through an employer-sponsored plan racked up $2,173 per capita in out-of-pocket health care costs in 2014. That spending level was nearly five times higher than that of kids without the illness. Read article here……

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