PRINCETON, N.J. — A new report shows that the percentage of people who get health insurance through their employer has dropped significantly in Missouri and Kansas during the past decade.
The study, released Thursday, was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center found that 64 percent of Kansans were insured through their employers in 2011, the latest information available, down from 73.9 percent in 2000. In Missouri, fewer than 63 percent of residents had employer-sponsored health insurance in 2011, down from 75 percent in 2000.
The national average was a drop of roughly 10 percentage points.
The report says the average annual premium doubled for employer health plans in Missouri during that time, and the share that employees were required to pay also rose. The average premium for an individual in an employer health plan increased from $2,450 in 2000 to $4,811 in 2011. Family premiums rose from about $6,200 in 2000 to $13,321 in 2011.
Nationwide, 11.5 million fewer Americans get their insurance through the workplace in 2011 than in 2000.
The decline comes as insurance costs increase. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey says higher costs lead to fewer employers offering insurance coverage and fewer employees accepting it when it’s offered.
| The Associated Press