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Agua Caliente Band charges premium for health care

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California says the rising cost of health care is forcing the tribe, for the first time, to assess a premium on tribal employees.

The tribe will charge $25 every other week per employee. This puts annual premium at $650, higher than the national average.

Nationally, health care premiums have been on the rise for the past four years. According to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the national increase was 13.9 percent while California's was 15.8 percent in 2003.

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Tribe begins charging workers for health care (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 9/29)