April 24—The percentage of Americans who receive health insurance through employers has fallen significantly over the last decade—from 69.7 percent nationwide in 2000 to 59.5 percent in 2011, according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In all, 47 states and the District of Columbia saw a statistically significant decline in nonelderly adults with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), with 22 states experiencing decreases of 10 percentage points or more, the report indicates. In total, 11.5 million fewer Americans receive their health coverage through their job, or a family member’s job, than did at the start of the century. In 2000, approximately 170.5 million Americans were enrolled in ESI compared with 159 million in 2011.

The report’s researchers, from the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center, say many factors contributed to the general decline in ESI nationwide and at the state level, including decreases in overall employment and rising premium costs.

Publication Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013