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Good Graph Friday: Fewer people insured by employers

The percentage of working-age people who get their health insurance through their employer has fallen sharply in recent years, according to a new report, and the drop cannot just be blamed on people losing their jobs.

A report released this week by the by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 60.1 percent of working-age adults had employer-sponsored insurance in 2009, down 8.8 percentage points from 1999.

In addition, 55.8 percent of children were on an employer-sponsored plan in 2009, a 9.3 percentage point drop from a decade earlier.

The report said job losses were an important factor in people losing their employer health coverage, but they were not the primary reason.

Over the course of the decade, the percentage of full-time workers with employer health benefits fell by 3.8 percentage ponts, to 77.2 percent. The number of people with part-time jobs who got health insurance from their employer saw an even steeper 9.2 percentage point drop, to 50.6 percent.

In general, about 50.7 million people, or 16.7 percent of the population, had no health insurance at all in 2009.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities focuses its research on programs that affect lower-income families. The health insurance report is based on U.S. Census data.


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