Report Finds Fewer Nevadans Receiving Health Coverage Through Employers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KOLO 8 News Now researched the RWJF report which also shows fewer of Nevada's employers are providing health care insurance for employees. In the years 1999-2000 71% of employers provided health care coverage.  Take a look at the last years provided in the study, 2008-2009, and only 64% of employers provided health care coverage. If you would like to look at the report yourself, download it here.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new report shows that fewer Californians are receiving health insurance through their employers.

The report was released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It found the number of Californians receiving employer-sponsored insurance dropped 8.4 percent over the past decade.

In 2000, 18.9 million people, or 62 percent of California's non-elderly population, had employer-sponsored health insurance. By 2011, that had dropped to 17.6 million Californians, or 53 percent of the state's non-elderly population.

The drop mirrors a national decline. The data showed that just 60 percent of non-elderly Americans received coverage through a job in 2011. That's 11.5 million fewer people than in 2000.

Meanwhile, the cost of health insurance has been rising. The average employer-sponsored insurance premium for a family has more than doubled from $6,033 to $14,828.

Those aged 65 and older are eligible to receive Medicare.

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