From the February 2011 issue of Benefits Selling Magazine • Subscribe!

Employer-based health coverage is quickly eroding

The number of people without health insurance rose by 4.3 million in 2009 to a total of 50.7 million. The share of people who are uninsured rose from 15.4% to 16.7%.

The 2008 to 2009 increase in the share of the uninsured is the largest single-year increase on record in data that goes back to 1987.

The rise in the uninsured population is the result of a decline in private health coverage -- primarily in employer-sponsored insurance, which has been occurring for a number of years but accelerated sharply in 2009.

In 2009
1 in 3 individuals living below the poverty line lacked insurance.
19.7% individuals living in the South were uninsured.
33% of Hispanics were without coverage.
19.7% of those living in cities were uninsured.

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