September 06, 2012

Fewer adults getting health insurance through an employer

Here’s a disturbing trend: The number of adults who get their health insurance from an employer has dropped steadily for three years in a row, with a corresponding increase in the number of adults who describe themselves as uninsured.

That’s according to Gallup-Healthways, which released data this year showing that 44.6 percent of American adults received health insurance from employers last year. That’s down from 49.8 percent in 2008, when pollsters began gathering that information.

As for the uninsured rate? It hit a high of 17.1 percent – up from 14.8 percent in 2008.

Gallup attributes the change to two factors:  1) More Americans were unemployed or underemployed in 2011 than they were in 2008, and 2) health care costs have climbed high enough that some employers, and employees, no longer can afford coverage.

So here are the numbers. Check out the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for the full report.

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