As fewer Americans have employer health insurance, uninsured rate rises
By Lauren McNitt
ProWEB Wire (Industry News)
Fewer Americans received health insurance coverage through their employer in 2011 than in 2010, according to a new Gallup and Healthways poll.
In 2011, 44.6 percent had employer-based health insurance, compared with 45.8 percent in 2010. The downward trend began in 2008, according to Gallup.
As the number of Americans with employer-sponsored coverage declines, the percentage of uninsured has increased. In 2011, 17.1 percent of Americans were uninsured, compared to 14.8 percent in 2008.
Two factors are driving the increase in uninsured Americans, Gallup said. First, more individuals were unemployed or underemployed in 2011 compared with 2008. Second, fewer employees had health insurance through their employer.
The percentage of those with government health insurance has remained unchanged from 2010 at 25.2 percent. However, the percentage is slightly higher than 2008 and 2009.