The percentage of adults covered by employer-sponsored health insurance dropped more significantly during the recession than in prior years during the past decade, according to a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Job-based coverage slid during recession: report
The report, which analyzed Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data, found the percentage of adults ages 18 to 65 with health benefits from an employer dropped to 52% in 2009 from 53.3% the prior year and 54.2% the year before that. That's compared with a more gradual decline in prior years, the report said. The figures are for adults too young for Medicare with health benefits through their own job.
The recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009.
Another 16.3% of adults ages 18 to 65 had employer coverage as a dependent in 2009 compared with 17% each of the prior two years.
Overall, the percentage of those ages 65 and younger, including children, with employer-sponsored health benefits declined to 59% in 2009.
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