Study Finds Employer Health Coverage Is Flat
Despite the economic boom between 1997 and 2001, the proportion of working Americans covered by employer-sponsored health insurance remained flat, according to a new study.
The study by the Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington, found that while there was a slight decline in the proportion of uninsured Americans from working families during the 1997-2001 period, this was due to growing public health insurance enrollment rather than expansion of the employer-based system.
But overall, the study says, more than one in 10 people from working families, some 22 million Americans, remained uninsured in 2001.
The Center is a policy research organization funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“These findings tell us that relying on economic growth alone to reduce the number of uninsured wont work,” says Paul B. Ginsburg, president of the Center.
“Short of a major public investmenteither through subsidies to purchase private health insurance or public coverage expansionssignificantly reducing the number of uninsured Americans in working families isnt likely,” he says.