A smaller share of New York workers were covered by health insurance from their employers last year as compared with six years earlier, according to a survey by the New York State Health Foundation.
The survey (PDF) of a random sample of 805 New York-based businesses found that 58% of the companies' workers had benefits through work in 2009. In 2003, that figure was 69%. The survey relied on data from the Commonwealth Fund for 2003 estimates and the 2009 Employer Health Benefits annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust for national figures. The share of business that offered benefits was unchanged at 70% during the same period, but fewer employers in 2009 than in 2003 provided a choice of at least two health plans, the survey found.
In addition, New York monthly premiums were more expensive, on average, than premiums nationally.
The state's monthly family and single premiums were $1,226 and $452, respectively, according to the survey. For the U.S., average monthly premiums were $1,115 and $402 for family and individual benefits, respectively.