Fewer Missouri residents get health insurance at work

Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 9:31 a.m. CDT; updated 8:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 11, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The percentage of people who get health insurance through their employer has dropped significantly in Missouri during the past decade.

A report released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that fewer than 63 percent of Missouri residents had employer-sponsored health insurance in 2011, down from 75 percent in 2000.

Missouri's decline was greater than national average of a roughly 10 percentage point drop.

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.


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Jimmy Bearfield April 11, 2013 | 11:54 a.m.

How much of that decline is due to increased unemployment during that period? After all, you can't get insurance from your employer if you don't have one.

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Mark Foecking April 12, 2013 | 5:28 a.m.

I'd imagine it's probably both higher unemployment and a higher percentage of service and retail jobs. I've heard people trying to blame Obamacare, but it's too soon for that. Plus, this is a change over the last decade.


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frank christian April 12, 2013 | 9:09 a.m.

And 58% of the jobs created since 2009 pay entry level wages.
"I've heard people trying to blame Obamacare, but it's too soon for that." Wrong again Marko. Small business's with over 50 employees are reducing employees or their hours to avoid the mandates of ACA.

These changes in our business atmosphere have been widely reported for some time. Fox Business reported yesterday, that the four most oppressive,destructive sections of the oppressive, destructive ACA, since it's inception, have been reported on or addressed by our network news, ABC, CBS, NBC, - O, zip, nada, None, times! Those that purposely avoid "conservative" news sources might have less chance in reading the truth about this or our other political problems. Or, as is often the case they may just ignore it.

"Family premiums rose from about $6,200 in 2000 to $13,321 in 2011." And we now know that they will be higher in 2014, with Obamacare.

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