Fading Fast: Fewer Seniors Have Retiree Health Insurance

Issue Brief
  1. This analysis does not include data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey due to methodological changes that are likely to impact coverage assignment and trends.

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  2. Improvements to the Health Insurance Questionnaire of the Current Population Survey created a break in the coverage trend between 2012 and 2013, therefore 2013 and 2014 statistics are not shown.  See: https://www.kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/measuring-changes-in-insurance-coverage-under-the-affordable-care-act/.

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  3. An analysis by EBRI (October 2012 No. 377) similarly shows a reduction in non-working retirees over age 65 with retiree benefits from 20 percent in 1997 to 16 percent in 2010. The coverage estimates are somewhat lower because that report focused on coverage for policyholders whereas this analysis includes retirees and their spouses.

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