Monday, June 29, 2009

New Health Insurance Numbers for Pennsylvania

US-DeptOfHHS-Seal(h/t Above Average Jane)

On Friday, Health and Human Services released some of the latest numbers on health care coverage across the country. For those of us in Pennsylvania, the numbers are stark, regardless of health insurance status.

Of those who lack healthcare (10 percent of all Pennsylvanians), 65 percent include families with at least one full-time worker. Between 2000 and 2007, the percent of Pennsylvanians with employer coverage decreased by 7 percentage points from 71 percent to 64 percent.

Those who have health insurance, meanwhile, have seen average family premiums increase by 103 percent since 2000. While 7.9 million Pennsylvanians (approximately) get healthcare through their employers, the family premium averages about $13,646, or $1,137 per month.

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