John D’Alessandro, 50, recently finished a six-week group-counseling and smoking-cessation course, “Clear the Air,” at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It has helped the two-pack-a-day smoker cut his use in half.
Costs for employer-based health insurance continued their gradual ascent this year, with the average annual price of family coverage rising 4 percent to $16,351 and single coverage ticking up 5 percent to just under $6,000, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Fifteen extra minutes. That’s what Kate Abra Frederick asked her employer for: a half-hour, rather than a 15-minute break, so she could zip over to the day-care center less than a two-minute drive from her office to breast-feed her new baby boy.