One of the advantages of pervasive corporate culture is health coverage — and Connecticut ranks No. 3 in the percentage of non-elderly people covered by a employer-based health plan, a new report shows.
This state had 69.7 percent of the under-65 population covered by policies from a workplace in 2011-12, the report by the Economic Policy Institute shows. That trails only Massachusetts (71 percent) and New Hampshire (70 percent).
But all states have seen the numbers slip. Nationally, the decline from 2000-01 to 2011-12 was more than 10 percentage points, from 68.5 percent to 58.4 percent — a staggering 13 million fewer people covered, even as the population has increased.
Connecticut’s decline has been smaller, 8.3 percentage points, from 78 percent over the 12-year period. That means 155,000 fewer people have coverage through their own or a family member’s workplace.
The lowest-covered state in employer-based health insurance is New Mexico, at 47 percent — not as low as might be expected, all things considered, an interactive map by EPI shows.
To no surprise, the declines have been larger for lower-paid and less educated people. Among people with a high school education only, half have coverage through work, down from 67 percent 12 years ago. More than three-quarters of those with a college degree (and not a graduate degree) are covered, and the decline in that group has been just 7.4 percentage points.
The obvious point by the left-leaning EPI is that given the declines, the nation needs to keep pushing ahead with more government-sponsored plans coverage, chiefly Medicaid, as well as subsidies for individual plans, which is one of the main points of Obamacare.
Obamacare has also helped stanch the declines in the last couple of years, the report said, by adding adult children through age 25 to parents’ plans.