As of November, less than half (44.8 percent) of American adults get their health insurance through an employer, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Although only a slight dip, it's a new low since Gallup began gauging how Americans get their health insurance; Half of Americans reported getting health insurance through their employer in January 2008 – the month the polls began, and the highest percentage for employer-based coverage.

The number of people who get insurance through the government is tracking steady at 26 percent, similar to the high of 26.3 percent found in September, according to Gallup's Elizabeth Mendes, who also reports "half of Americans reported having employer-based health coverage in January and February 2008. The figure remained near the 49% mark throughout much of the rest of that year, before dropping to 48% in November 2008, as the financial crisis and unemployment worsened.

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