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Fewer Californians get health insurance at work as premiums rise

Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2013
A new report shows that 53% of Californians get their health insurance through work, down from 62% in 2000. About 17.6 million state residents received employer health benefits in 2011, nearly 1.3 million fewer than a decade earlier. The report issued Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also shows that the premiums for family coverage through work shot up 146% over the same period to $14,828 annually in California. "Higher costs naturally translate into fewer employers offering insurance coverage, and fewer employees accepting it, even when it is offered," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation's president.