Economy Drives Health Insurance Coverage, for Good and Bad

A new study from EBRI finds that the likelihood a worker will or will not have employment-based health benefits depends strongly on the strength of the economy and the unemployment rate.

For example, during the 2008 recession the percentage of private-sector workers with employment-based coverage in their own name fell from 60.4 percent to 55.9 percent. However, by December 2009, when the recession officially ended, the percentage slightly increased to 56.6 percent.

The press release is online here.

The full report, in the June 2011 EBRI Notes, is online here.

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