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Almost two-thirds of civilian workers in the United States have access to an employer-sponsored health care plan, as well as an employer-sponsored retirement plan. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that 64 percent of American workers enjoy access to comprehensive coverage from their employer, while 15 percent have access to either a health plan or a retirement plan but not both; 20 percent have neither.

The report, Program Perspectives on Combined Benefits, found that health benefits account for more than 8 percent of workers’ total compensation. Retirement accounts for 4.5 percent. These two benefits together cost represent 41.3 percent of the total cost of employee benefits, but just 12.5 percent of total compensation.

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