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Rose pleased to make his debut but admits Cobblers need to get more creative

Rose pleased to make his debut but admits Cobblers need to get more creative

Danny Rose.
Danny Rose.

Danny Rose will be hoping the only way is up after his league debut for the Cobblers ended in defeat at home to bitter rivals Peterborough United at the weekend.

The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Saturday but it was a disappointing start to life at Northampton as Nathan Thompson and Reece Brown struck in either half to earn Posh a deserved victory.

Rose forced a decent stop from Christy Pym and the United goalkeeper also thwarted Sam Hoskins, but those two efforts were Town’s only shots on target throughout the 90 minutes.

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“It’s good to be here and it was good to get out there,” said Rose afterwards. “I feel I’ve settled in well with the lads and the gaffer and they’ve all welcomed me in.

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose but it’s still early days and there are plenty of points to play for. I thought in parts we were good but we need to be better out of possession.

“They carved us open a few times and we also need to create a few more chances so we can get into the game a little bit more.”

The Cobblers have now lost three successive games 2-0 but Rose has faith that things will improve as their 11 new signings get used to each other.

“It’s a strong league this season and there are plenty of good sides but we’ve got belief in ourselves and we believe we’ve got a good squad and we can upset a few teams,” he added.

“I think it might take a bit of time. You’ve seen that with other clubs who have signed new players. Me and Harry (Smith) are developing that understanding up front.

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Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose 4 percent in past year: analysis

Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose 4 percent in past year: analysis

Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose 4 percent over the past year, outpacing the increase in workers’ wages and the rate of inflation, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance are now $7,470 for a single plan and $21,342 for a family plan, up 4 percent from the previous year. Those dollar amounts include both worker and employer contributions.

Meanwhile, wages increased by 3.4 percent alongside 2.1 percent inflation. 

About 157 million people get their insurance through work, and the costs have steadily risen over the years.

The average premium for family coverage, including the employer contribution, has increased 22 percent over the last five years and 55 percent over the last decade.

In 2020, on average, workers contributed 17 percent of the premium for single coverage — about $1,243 — and 27 percent for family coverage, or about $5,588.

Rising health care costs have been one of the reasons behind stagnant wages.

Eighty-three percent of covered workers had an annual deductible for single coverage that must be met because most services are paid for by the plan, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

The average deductible for single coverage was $1,644 in 2020, similar to the average deductible last year.

Sixty-five percent of covered workers have coinsurance that requires they pay for a percentage of their care of meeting their deductible.

The analysis concluded that health care costs were stable in 2020, with premium increases modest and consistent with recent years. However, as the analysis was conducted in the early days of the pandemic, it doesn’t address how employers responded to it.

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