Your Money: Dec. 21, 1998

Health Plans Are Pricier

Americans may get a sick feeling when they see how much health-insurance premiums will increase in a few weeks. While prices have barely risen in recent years, the average cost of health plans will go up 7% in 1999, thanks to money-losing managed-care companies and high drug prices. Some premiums may rise 20%, and the self-employed face jumps of up to 40%. One possible remedy: before the current open-enrollment season ends, earmark part of each paycheck for a tax-free medical savings account.

Your Own Social Security

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