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Fewer Hoosiers Have Employer Health Insurance Than In 2000

The percentage of Indiana residents who have health insurance through their employers has fallen by about 15 percent over the last decade.

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Employers have cut back on the health insurance they offered in recent years.

The percentage of Indiana residents who receive health insurance through their employers has fallen over the last decade from 78 percent in 2000 to just 63.1 percent in 2011.

In fact, Indiana is one of five states with the most significant decline in the country-according to a new study released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“We‘ve seen over the last ten years is the cost of health insurance for employers more than doubled, and they‘re faced with making the choice between providing health insurance for their employees or staying in business,” says Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Vice President John Lumpkin. “That makes it very difficult for them.

Lumpkin says while employees may not have the alternative of getting health insurance through their job, with the Affordable Care Act going into effect in January, they will have other options that will enable them to get other insurance.

One age group that has bucked the trend is 19 to 25-year-olds because the Affordable Care Act that requires them to be covered under their parents‘ health insurance.

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