HealthDay News — According to a report published in Health Affairs, private sector employer-sponsored health insurance offerings were similar in 2013 and 2014, with less than 3.5% of employers dropping coverage and 1.1% adding coverage.

Jean Abraham, PhD, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component to examine the extent to which employers dropped or added health insurance between 2013 and 2014.

The researchers found that in both years 46.4% of private-sector employers offered coverage and 49.1% percent did not offer it. Between the 2 years, only 3.5% of employers dropped coverage and 1.1% added coverage.

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“In the first year after implementation of the major Affordable Care Act coverage provisions, we found that employer-sponsored insurance remained largely stable, with the vast majority of establishments not changing their offering status,” the authors write.


Abraham J, Royalty AB, Drake C. “Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offers: Largely Stable In 2014 Following ACA Implementation”. Health Affairs. 2016. 35(11): 2133-2137. doi: 10.1377/ hlthaff.2016.0631.

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