Employment-based insurance is still the most common form of healthcare coverage in the U.S., but it continued to decline last year while public insurance coverage increased.
A new study from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (PDF) shows that employment-based coverage has fallen steadily since 2000, when 69.3% of the nonelderly population (under age 65) had coverage from their employer. In 2011, about 58.4% of that population had employer-sponsored coverage, down slightly from 58.7% in 2010.
Meanwhile, the percentage of the nonelderly population with health insurance increased to 82% last year, up about half of a percentage point from 2010. About 59.9 million Americans—or 22.5% of the nonelderly population—were covered under public programs, compared with about 57.5 million, or 21.6%, in 2010, the study reported. Public coverage includes Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare.