The percentage of Americans with employer-based health insurance will continue to decline until healthcare costs shrink and the unemployment rate falls below 5%, the Employee Benefit Research Institute said in a new report. U.S. unemployment was 5.1% in September, according to federal data. Some 59.8% of working-age Americans had insurance through employers in 2004, down from 63.6% in 2000, according to Census Bureau data released in August. New Hampshire had the highest percent of working-age residents with employer-sponsored insurance, at 77%, and New Mexico the lowest, at 51.3%, in 2004. -- by Tony Fong
Insurance coverage tied to costs, unemployment: EBRI
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