Gallup: Fewer Adults Getting Health Insurance Through Employer

By Matt Cover | July 5, 2012 | 4:26pm EDT

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

( – Fewer adults between 26-64 are getting health insurance through their employer in 2012 than they were in 2008, a downward trend that has continued through the Obama administration, according to a new Gallup poll.

According to Gallup’s June 5 survey only 55.9 percent of people 26-64 years old reported getting health insurance through their employer, a figure that continues to decline.

In 2011, the percentage of adults 26-64 with employer-provided insurance was 56.7; it was 58.1 in 2010; and 59 in 2009. In 2008, Gallup reported that 61.6 percent of adults 26-64 had employer-provided insurance.

The trend for this large group of adults follows the trend for all Americans: declining employer-provided coverage. A February 2012 Gallup survey found that only 44 percent of adults of any age had employer-provided coverage, down from 49.2 in 2008.

Gallup also found that the number of people relying on government health care – programs like Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits – is also continuing to rise.

Further, Gallup found that government health care benefits were rising among everyone age 18-64.

“The increase in government health insurance is evident among 18-  to 25-year-olds and 26- to 64-year-olds,” reported Gallup.  “In the second quarter of 2012, 19.7% of adults aged 18 to 25 said they get their health coverage from a government program, up from 18.9% in 2011, and much higher than the 16.3% who said the same in 2008.”

Gallup also found that people 26-64 were becoming more reliant on government health care, finding that 13.4 percent of this group reported relying on some type of government health care program.

“Similarly, the 13.4% of 26- to 64-year-olds who reported having government-based health insurance last quarter is up from 12.6% in 2011 and is higher than the 11.2% in 2008,” reported Gallup.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, for the signing ceremony for the health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The only group to report more privately provided insurance were those 18-25, who saw a slight uptick in employer-provided coverage. Gallup attributed this to the provision of ObamaCare that allows adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance plans.

“The slight uptick from 2011 to 2012 in employer-based insurance among 18- to 25-year-olds comes as the uninsured rate for that age group continues to decrease,” Gallup said.

“Young adults have become less likely to be uninsured since the fall of 2010, when the provision of the healthcare law that allows them to stay on their parents' plans until age 26 went into effect.”

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