The number of Pennsylvanians with employer-paid health insurance fell by 4.1% between 2000 and 2004, a new study reports.[@@]

That means there are almost 500,000 fewer Pennsylvanians receiving health care insurance through their employers, according to the Keystone Research Center, Harrisburg, Pa., and the Economic Policy Institute, Washington, which did the study.

Of Americans who lost employer-provided coverage in that period, 1.9% lived in Pennsylvania, the study concludes.

To replace employer-provided family coverage in 2004 would have cost Pennsylvania families about $9,000, or 21% of the state’s median household income of $42,941, says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center.

In the United States as a whole, the number of Americans without health insurance rose from 39.8 million in 2000 to 45.8 million in 2004, according to the Economic Policy Institute.