Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

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The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with the Journal of the American Medical Association, released an infographic as part of their Visualizing Health Policy series that shows trends in employer-sponsored health coverage between 2000 and 2015.

  • The number of employees covered under an employer-sponsored health plan dropped from 63 percent to 56 percent with the biggest decrease occurring in smaller firms (between 3 to 199 employees).
  • Individuals with lower incomes are less likely to have coverage under an employer-sponsored health plan, which has been the trend since 1999.
  • In 2015, larger employers (with 50 or more employees) were more likely to offer health benefits, as were those with more higher-wage employees.
  • Most large employers offered coverage to spouses and other dependents but less than half offered coverage to same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partners.
  • A small percentage of employers made changes for 2015 in response to the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate, such as changing some jobs from full-time to part-time so employees would not be eligible for coverage.