2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey
This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, offer rates, wellness programs, and employer practices. The 2019 survey included 2,012 interviews with nonfederal public and private firms.
Annual premiums for employer sponsored family health coverage reached $20,576 this year, up 5% from last year, with workers on average paying $6,015 toward the cost of their coverage. The average deductible among covered workers in a plan with a general annual deductible is $1,655 for single coverage. Fifty-six percent of small firms and 99% of large firms offer health benefits to at least some of their workers, for an overall offer rate of 57%.
Survey results are released in several formats, including a full report with downloadable tables on a variety of topics, a summary of findings, and an article published in the journal Health Affairs.
- A news release announcing the publication of the 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey is available here.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
- The Summary of Findings provides an overview of the 2019 survey results and is available under the Summary of Findings tab.
- The complete Employer Health Benefits Survey report includes over 200 exhibits and is available under the Report. The “Report” tab contains 14 separate sections. Users can view each section separately or download the section exhibits from the right side of the respective section page.
- The peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs has published an article with key findings from the 2019 survey: Health Benefits In 2019: Premiums Inch Higher, Employers Respond to Federal Policy.
- This related analysis includes an overview of the various network configuration strategies employers are implementing and offers a deeper understanding of the successes, barriers, and trade-offs firms have experienced in their network decision-making.
- On Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a reporters-only web briefing to release the 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey.
- This graphing tool allows users to look at changes in premiums and worker contributions for covered workers at different types of firms over time: Premiums and Worker Contributions Among Workers Covered by Employer-Sponsored Coverage, 1999-2019.
- Over twenty overview slides from the 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey are available as a slideshow.
- Standard errors for selected estimates are available in the Technical Supplement here.
- Employer Health Benefits Surveys from 1998–2018 are available here. Please note that historic survey reports have not been revised with methodological changes.
- Researchers may request a public use dataset by going to Contact Us and choosing “TOPIC: Health Costs.”
Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago designed and analyzed the survey.Summary of Findings