Compare the average health insurance cost in the private sector group market with the public sector rates. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) identified the nationwide 2014 average premium cost for private sector job-related health insurance at $5,832 for singles and $16,655 for family coverage. Government employees had plans with higher premiums (18% higher for single coverage.) However, the employee contributions to the premiums were much smaller if they worked for government employers than amounts paid by private sector employees. Statistical Brief #486 by AHRQ, March 2016. The report has not been updated by MEPS.