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Fewer workers get health insurance through employer

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Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

UNDATED (WSAU)   About 400,000 fewer Wisconsinites are getting their health insurance from an employer, compared to a decade ago. According to a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 69-percent of Wisconsinites under 65 were under employers’ health coverage in 2010-and-’11. That’s 10-percent less than the 79-percent covered in 1999-and-2000.

Still, Wisconsin companies cover about 10-percent more people than the national average of 59-and-a-half percent – which dropped by 10 points from the previous decade. Just under half of all Wisconsin employers offer insurance to workers and their families. That’s also down 10-percent from 2000, when 59-percent provided coverage.

The biggest decline is in companies with less than 50 employees, as observers say more small businesses are getting priced out of the market. Wisconsin had the largest drop in the country among small businesses offering coverage. 72-percent of small firms offered health insurance in 2000. Just 51-percent offered it a decade later.

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