April 1, 2014, Issue #418
New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Boston showed higher percentages of private-sector employees who worked where health insurance was offered in 2012 than the 84.7 percent national average. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #417: Offer Rates, Enrollment Rates, Premiums, and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector for the 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas, 2012.)
- Of the 10 largest metropolitan areas, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Boston all showed higher percentages of employees working where health insurance was offered than the 84.7 percent national average. Dallas-Fort Worth was the only area where the percentage of employees enrolled where health insurance was offered (64.2 percent) exceeded the U.S. average of 58.9 percent.
- New York and Boston had average premiums and average employee contributions for single coverage that were higher than the national averages.
- Boston was the only area of the 10 largest with an average premium ($13,105) and an average employee contribution ($3,275) for employee-plus-one coverage which were both higher than the corresponding national averages.
- Washington, D.C., and Boston had average premiums and average employee contributions for family coverage above the national averages for employer-sponsored health insurance.