Report: Employer-based health insurance decreases; premiums rise

The percentage of Americans under age 65 and eligible for employer-provided health coverage declined from about 70% in 2000 to about 60% by 2011, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. The annual premiums for health insurance jumped during the same period, from about $6,400 to about $14,500 for family coverage and from about $2,500 to about $5,000 for individual coverage, according to the report. "Higher costs naturally translate into fewer employers offering insurance coverage, and fewer employees accepting it, even when it is offered," foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey said in a statement.

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