Survey: Fewer California Firms Offer Health Insurance to Workers

The proportion of California employers that offer health insurance to workers declined significantly in the previous decade, according to a new survey by the California HealthCare Foundation, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.

The survey found that the proportion of employers in the state offering health coverage to workers declined from 71% in 2002 to 60% in 2012 (Walters, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 4/23).

According to the survey, the cost of health insurance has increased by nearly 170% since 2002, which is more than five times the 31.5% increase in the state's overall inflation rate (CHCF release, April 2013).

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