Employer-sponsored health coverage falling
The percentage of the U.S. population with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage has plunged over the past decade. Averaged over 2010 and 2011, just 59.5% of the population under age 65 received employment-based coverage. That’s a drop of more than 10 percentage points compared with the 69.7% of the nonelderly population that received employment-based coverage averaged over 1999 and 2000, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analysis. Many factors contributed to the sharp decline of those with employment-based coverage, including a fall in the percentage of employers offering coverage. Averaged over 2010 and 2011, 52.4% of employers offered coverage, down from 58.9% averaged over 1999 and 2000. But there are huge variations among the states in the percentage of their non-elderly populations covered by employer-sponsored health care plans. The following photo gallery shows the states with the highest percentage — averaged over 2010 and 2011 of their non-elderly residents enrolled in employer plans — and how that percentage has changed compared with 1999-2000, and the five states with the lowest percentage of their nonelderly populations covered in employer-sponsored plans.