More than three years out from the end of the Great Recession, the economy's weak and fitful recovery has continued to deliver disappointing job growth. Hospitals have reported fewer patients and more uninsured since the recession, which stripped some households of health insurance as the economy shed jobs.
But here's some news that may be welcomed by hospitals. Newly released Census Bureau figures show that an erosion in employer-sponsored insurance, which accelerated during the downturn, halted in 2011.
Unsurprisingly, the percentage of people with health insurance through an employer dropped sharply in 2009 (56.1% from 58.9% the prior year) and continued to slide in 2010 to 55.3%. But last year's 55.1% was not a significant difference from the year before, the Census Bureau said. You can read more on the Census Bureau figures in this week's Modern Healthcare.