2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey
Employer-sponsored insurance covers over half of the non-elderly population; approximately 151 million nonelderly people in total.1 To provide current information about employer-sponsored health benefits, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) conduct an annual survey of private and nonfederal public employers with three or more workers. This is the nineteenth Kaiser/HRET survey and reflects employer-sponsored health benefits in 2017.
- Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. The uninsured: A primer — Key facts about health insurance and the uninsured in the era of health reform: Supplemental Tables [Internet]. Washington (DC): The Commission; 2016 Nov [cited 2017 Aug 1]. https://files.kff.org/attachment/Supplemental-Tables-The-Uninsured-A%20Primer-Key-Facts-about-Health-Insurance-and-the-Unisured-in-America-in-the-Era-of-Health-Reform. See Table 1: 271.3 million nonelderly people, 55.8% of whom are covered by employer-sponsored insurance.↩
- Kaiser/HRET surveys use the April-to-April time period, as do the sources in this and the following note. The inflation numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Price Index – All Urban Consumers: Department of Labor; 2017. [cited 2017 July 21] https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CUUR0000SA0?output_view=pct_1mth. Wage data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and based on the change in total average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory employees. Employment, hours, and earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey: Department of Labor; 2017 [cited 2017 July 21]. http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES0500000008↩
- This threshold is based on the twenty-fifth percentile of workers’ earnings as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, using data for 2016. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2016 national occupational employment and wage estimates: United States [Internet]. Washington (DC): BLS; [last modified 2017 Mar 310; cited 2017 Aug 15]. Available from: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm↩