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Fewer Employees Getting Health Insurance At Work, But Those That Do Pay More

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found that employer-sponsored coverage fell from 69 to 60 percent between 1999 and 2010.

USA Today: Rate Of Employer-Based Health Insurance Keeps Dropping
The availability of employer-sponsored insurance has fallen by about 10% over the past decade, which has spurred an increase in the overall number of Americans without health insurance, according to a report released today. ... The new study found that employer-sponsored coverage dropped from 69% to 60% between 1999 and 2010. The amount each employee paid annually for insurance more than doubled in that period from $435 to $1,056 for an individual and from $1,526 to $3,842 for a family (Kennedy, 4/11).

The Associated Press: Report: Fewer Californians Get Health Care At Work
The report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs, found that the number of Californians receiving employer-sponsored insurance dropped by 1.3 million, or 8.4 percent, over the past decade. Researchers say factors like decreases in overall employment and rising premium costs contributed to the declines (Lin, 4/10).

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 400,000 Fewer Wisconsin Workers Get Health Care Through Employer
The percentage of the state's population under 65 with health benefits fell to an average of 69.1% for 2010 and 2011 compared with an average of 79% for 1999 and 2000 ... The rates of coverage in states such as New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, in contrast, ranged from 48% to 52.1%. ... The sharpest decline was in employers with fewer than 50 employees (Boulton, 4/11).

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