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Employer-Based Health Insurance Continues to Trend Down

November 30, 2011

Uninsured rate remains elevated at 17.3% in the third quarter of 2011

by Elizabeth Mendes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of American adults who get their health insurance from an employer continues to decline, falling to 44.5% in the third quarter of this year. This percentage has been steadily declining since Gallup and Healthways started tracking Americans’ health insurance sources in 2008.

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At least 45% of Americans got their health insurance from an employer in every month in 2010, compared with more than 46% in 2009 and more than 48% in 2008. Initially, the percentage reporting they have employer-based health insurance seemed to be decreasing as unemployment and underemployment increased. However, it is likely that other factors — including fewer employers offering health insurance — are also contributing to this trend.

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