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Reproduced from a Kaiser Family Foundation report; Chart: Axios Visuals

The higher an employee's deductible is, the less they tend to think of their plan, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation-Los Angeles Times survey of people with employer coverage.

Why it matters: Deductibles keep going up — suggesting more employees are probably growing dissatisfied with their employer health coverage.

  • The more people don't like their employer insurance, the less rattled they're likely to be if it's taken away — key context in the "Medicare for All" debate.

Between the lines: People with higher deductibles, unsurprisingly, reported having a harder time affording care.

By the numbers: 41% of survey respondents had an individual plan deductible higher than $1,500 or a family plan deductible above $3,000.

  • 40% of respondents reported some kind of affordability problem, the most common of which was paying for medical bills while still in their deductible.
  • People with higher deductibles were more likely to report an affordability problem.

What we're reading: The LA Times dug deeper into how insurance has changed over the last decade and what it means for workers.

  • "There has been a quiet revolution in what health insurance means in this country," the Kaiser Family Foundation's Drew Altman told the LA Times. "This happened under the radar while everyone was focused on the Affordable Care Act."

Go deeper: Why some families with insurance still can't afford health care

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

8 hours ago - Health

U.S. to restrict air travel from 8 countries over new COVID variant concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.