More Employers Dropping Insurance: Study

Rising premiums have driven a steady decline in employer-sponsored health insurance since 2000, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study released today.

In 2011, the number of Americans with employer-sponsored insurance stood at 159 million, a decline of 11.5 million from 2000. The 2011 figure represented 59.5% of the U.S. population, a drop of 10 percentage points from a decade earlier.

According to the report, 47 states had a statistically significant decline in employer-sponsored coverage from 2000-2011, with 22 states experiencing declines of at least 10 percentage points.

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Source: Modern Healthcare

Michigan saw the biggest percentage drop—15.2 percentage points—over the period, while North Dakota saw the smallest drop, less than one percentage point.