Private Sector Coverage: Employer Sponsored Insurance

In 2011, more children and youth relied on employer sponsored insurance (ESI) for health insurance coverage than any other insurance option. However, between 2000 and 2011, coverage for children through ESI declined by 12 percentage points while public coverage for children grew by 14.6 percentage points over this same period according to analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute in 2012. Despite this declining trend, ESI remains an important source of coverage, particularly for higher income families, and will continue to be even under the ACA.1

Resources

2.5 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance Due to Affordable Care Act: This Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Issue Brief summarizes the impact of the ACA on young adults.

Employer Health Benefits, 2011: This Kaiser Family Foundation brief is a summary of findings from a national annual survey of employer-sponsored health plans.

1Employer-Sponsored Insurance Coverage: This Georgetown Center for Children and Families blog post discusses trends in ESI enrollment.

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage Continues to Decline in a New Decade: This Economic Policy Institute report discusses trends in ESI in the context of health reform.

Employer-Sponsored Insurance under Health Reform: Reports of its Demise are Premature: This Urban Institute Analysis estimates ESI coverage post ACA implementation.