WOODBURY - Employees across the nation are taking a big hit to their wallets due to a jump in health premiums.

According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the total cost to insure an individual went up eight percent to $5,400, while the cost for families rose nine percent to more than $15,000 a year.

The report says employers typically pick up 72 percent of the cost, but that new increases are sometimes being passed down to the workers.

On Long Island, many small business owners say they've noticed the trend and it's making it more difficult to afford health coverage for employees, who also say they've been shocked by recent insurance bills.

Insurance companies claim that they can't absorb all the increased costs and are also forced to pass it on to customers.