Workers with Employer Health Coverage on Decline in NY

Posted November, 17 2010 by arianne

A new survey released today by the New York State Health Foundation finds that the percent of workers in New York with employer-sponsored heath insurance has fallen drastically in the past decade, from 69% in 2001 to a current low of 58%.  New York now lags the national average of 65%.

The analysis also found that while firms that offer health insurance has remained level at 70%,  struggling employers have been forced to place more restrictions on eligibility for coverage, shift more costs onto workers, and increase limits on coverage options.  As a result, fewer employees are now accepting employer coverage.

These findings highlight the much-needed relief that will be brought by the new tax credits offered to small businesses under the federal health reform law. 

To read the full report, click here.