Report: Fewer PA employers offering health insurance

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 15, 2013 2:08 PM

(Princeton, N.J.) -- A report on where Pennsylvanians get their health insurance finds employers are backing away from offering it.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's study shows 78 percent of people in the commonwealth got insurance from their employer in 2001.

Ten years later, the number declined to 67 percent.

Foundation Health Care Group Director Dr. John Lumpkin says the trend could have an impact on public health.

"What we've seen in the last 10 years is that 860,000 fewer people in Pennsylvania have been able to obtain health insurance through their job," Lumpkin says. "This creates problems for people without health insurance because they live sicker and die younger."

Lumpkin says as the Affordable Care Act comes online next year, uninsured people will have new options outside of their employer.

He says evidence from Massachusetts' seven-year-old health care overhaul shows the changes likely won't discourage companies from offering health insurance as a benefit.

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