No. of Employers Paying Full Health Care Premiums Slides

April 6, 2007 ( - The proportion of U.S. private-sector workers enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans with no premium required by the employee dropped from 27% in 1998 to 18% in 2004, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

According to, in terms of single coverage, only 35% of workers in 1998 were enrolled in the plans, but that rate fell to 24% by 2004, according to the agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Enrollment in no-contribution family plans dropped from 19% to 15% during that same time period.

The agency found that workers at small companies – those with few than 50 workers – were far more likely that those at larger companies to be in non-contribution plans, with 53% of single-coverage workers enrolled at small firms compared to 14% at larger firms.

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