According to the HPC, annual spending growth in Massachusetts has averaged 3.59 percent between 2012 and 2019, and an average Massachusetts family and their employers paid $2,242 per month for health care in 2020, including out-of-pocket spending on copayments, deductibles, premiums and other health care services.

Alex Sheff of the Health Care for All asked the HPC not to increase the benchmark from its 3.1 percent level next year, saying that a hike “would come at a cost to individuals and families who simply cannot afford it.”

“The weight of the pandemic cannot be placed on the shoulders of consumers,” he said.

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