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Fewer Mo. residents get health insurance at work

Fewer Mo. residents get health insurance at work

April 11th, 2013 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - 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.