Harrison – Employer-based insurance on decline in Mississippi

The number of Mississippians who receive health insurance through an employer dropped more than 12 percentage points from 2000 to 2011.

Only four states have a smaller percentage of their population receiving health insurance through employers than Mississippi, according to a study released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a national nonprofit that focuses on health care issues.

“Higher costs naturally translate into fewer employers offering insurance coverage, and fewer employees accepting it, even when it is offered,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “That is why it is so important that people have options for purchasing affordable health insurance that meets their needs.”

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal