What is the State of Health Insurance?


Health insurance will play a major role in the 2012 elections (which have already started). The FedGazette, published by the Minneapolis Fed, part of the Federal Reserve System, posted an in depth article The state of health insurance that highlights the current trends in uninsured Americans (going up) and the "armor" (number) of employer-sponsored health insurance (going down).

Employer-sponsored insurance is less extensive than it was a decade ago. Nationally and in most district states, the proportion of people covered by workers’ policies has fallen, despite cost-cutting efforts by employers, such as requiring employees to pay more out of pocket for health care. The Great Recession further undercut coverage by forcing employers to lay off workers or curtail health care benefits.
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