Study Finds Fewer People Offered Health Insurance By Employers

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A new study published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds fewer Americans are being offered employer-sponsored health insurance. Those numbers, according to the study, have declined significantly over the past decade.

The study also found insurance premiums have practically doubled in cost over the past ten years.

On a national scale, in 2010-2011 the average single-premium cost $5,081. In 2000-2001 the same insurance premium cost $2,490. The numbers for the Silver State aren't too different from the national average. The study found in 2010-2011 the average Nevadan paid $4,650 for a single premium. back in 2000-2001 the same premium would have cost $3,106.

Family premiums have gone up both nationally and here in Nevada, according to the study. On a national scale, a family pays on average $14,447 for a premium. Back in 2000-2001 that same premium would have cost $6,415. Again, the numbers here in Nevada aren't far off the national average. A family premium in 2010-2011 cost a Nevadan $13,065. In 2000-2001 that same premium in Nevada cost $7,275.

The study also found that only 58% of Nevadans from newborn up to age 64 are offered some employer-sponsored health insurance. Ten years ago, that number was at 71%.

It also found that only 57% of children newborn to 18 were covered on their parents employer-sponsored health insurance in 2010-2011. That number was 69% back in 2000-2001.

The study says a big factor in the decline had to do with unemployment rates.

To view the full study there is a link at the bottom of this page.