NU Online News Service, Oct. 14, 2004, 3:35 p.m. EDT
An increase in the number of Americans without health insurance is largely the result of a decline in people with employment-based health insurance.[@@]
The Employee Benefit Research Institute, Washington, draws that conclusion in a new analysis of 2003 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
174 million Americans, or about 60%, were covered by their employers last year, down from around 65% in 2000, EBRI found. At the same time, the uninsured population rose to 15.6% from 15.2% in the prior year.