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How Union and Nonunion Health Insurance Coverage Fared During the Recession

July 21, 2011

How Union and Nonunion Health Insurance Coverage Fared During the Recession (PDF)
Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute

Even though both union workers and nonunion workers’ employment-based health benefits were affected by the recession, union workers’ health insurance coverage suffered less, according to a study from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

For example, union workers covered by health insurance through their own job fell from 82 percent to 80.4 percent between 2007 and 2009, a 2 percent decline. For nonunion workers with coverage through their own job, coverage fell from 55.9 percent to 52.2 percent over the period, a 6.5 percent decline. Additionally, the overall percentage of union workers with any employment-based coverage fell from 93.4 percent to 91 percent (a 2.6 percent decline), while among nonunion workers it fell from 74.3 percent to 70.6 percent (a 5 percent decline).

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