Employer-sponsored health insurance coverage by state, under-65 population, 2000/01 to 2009/10*

ESI coverage (%) ESI coverage (#)
State 2000/01 2009/10 Percentage-point change 2000/01 2009/10 Change
NATIONWIDE 68.5% 59.0% -9.4 169,169,181 157,145,900 -12,023,281
Alabama 68.7% 59.7% -9.0 2,651,881 2,396,273 -255,608
Alaska 63.1% 59.1% -4.0 372,313 375,529 3,216
Arizona 63.3% 51.9% -11.4 2,950,511 3,024,383 73,872
Arkansas 61.4% 52.7% -8.7 1,387,818 1,287,523 -100,295
California 61.0% 52.8% -8.2 18,873,334 17,325,198 -1,548,136
Colorado 70.8% 62.0% -8.9 2,805,245 2,770,189 -35,056
Connecticut 77.9% 70.8% -7.2 2,252,818 2,141,103 -111,716
Delaware 76.6% 64.5% -12.2 526,067 486,146 -39,921
District of Columbia 64.4% 57.0% -7.4 313,807 302,727 -11,080
Florida 63.3% 52.7% -10.6 8,553,829 8,056,357 -497,473
Georgia 68.5% 55.7% -12.8 5,095,960 4,930,835 -165,125
Hawaii 72.1% 68.2% -3.8 759,092 723,406 -35,687
Idaho 65.2% 57.1% -8.1 755,406 767,371 11,966
Illinois 72.0% 61.2% -10.8 7,869,771 6,916,004 -953,767
Indiana 76.4% 62.7% -13.6 3,983,181 3,458,413 -524,768
Iowa 76.9% 66.9% -10.1 1,892,558 1,749,729 -142,829
Kansas 71.4% 63.4% -8.0 1,608,975 1,518,983 -89,992
Kentucky 68.0% 58.7% -9.3 2,394,051 2,196,248 -197,803
Louisiana 60.3% 54.0% -6.3 2,330,985 2,111,182 -219,803
Maine 69.6% 61.1% -8.5 747,262 662,319 -84,942
Maryland 78.5% 68.8% -9.8 3,654,290 3,455,061 -199,229
Massachusetts 74.1% 70.2% -3.9 4,080,768 3,964,579 -116,188
Michigan 76.9% 63.9% -13.0 6,689,809 5,435,199 -1,254,610
Minnesota 77.3% 68.1% -9.2 3,442,921 3,068,186 -374,735
Mississippi 60.4% 48.4% -12.0 1,492,193 1,211,730 -280,463
Missouri 72.8% 61.3% -11.5 3,554,232 3,182,145 -372,087
Montana 59.7% 53.3% -6.5 457,974 437,302 -20,672
Nebraska 70.2% 64.7% -5.5 1,041,276 1,008,325 -32,951
Nevada 71.5% 59.1% -12.4 1,330,279 1,376,396 46,117
New Hampshire 79.3% 73.0% -6.3 852,775 829,357 -23,418
New Jersey 76.9% 67.6% -9.3 5,578,859 5,128,017 -450,842
New Mexico 54.1% 48.6% -5.5 851,789 838,175 -13,614
New York 66.1% 58.4% -7.7 10,822,864 9,752,254 -1,070,611
North Carolina 67.4% 55.9% -11.5 4,781,263 4,544,195 -237,067
North Dakota 66.7% 63.9% -2.8 357,653 352,760 -4,892
Ohio 75.2% 63.2% -12.0 7,329,008 6,267,486 -1,061,522
Oklahoma 59.7% 57.7% -2.0 1,754,235 1,820,061 65,826
Oregon 66.4% 59.8% -6.6 2,027,203 1,956,909 -70,294
Pennsylvania 76.4% 66.4% -10.0 7,983,079 6,972,523 -1,010,556
Rhode Island 74.1% 63.8% -10.2 647,720 571,171 -76,549
South Carolina 69.7% 56.4% -13.3 2,429,132 2,184,209 -244,922
South Dakota 69.1% 61.7% -7.5 435,185 427,136 -8,049
Tennessee 65.6% 56.6% -9.1 3,300,418 3,084,782 -215,636
Texas 60.6% 51.1% -9.5 11,387,467 11,451,893 64,426
Utah 73.7% 69.3% -4.5 1,531,568 1,761,754 230,186
Vermont 70.0% 63.5% -6.5 371,853 342,447 -29,406
Virginia 72.2% 65.1% -7.1 4,497,703 4,472,094 -25,608
Washington 66.9% 60.6% -6.3 3,478,838 3,573,365 94,527
West Virginia 65.0% 60.6% -4.4 972,374 927,858 -44,516
Wisconsin 78.1% 68.4% -9.7 3,623,066 3,256,683 -366,383
Wyoming 66.8% 61.6% -5.3 286,526 291,927 5,401


* Table compares combined data from 2000 and 2001 with combined data from 2009 and 2010 to provide sufficient sample sizes to make reliable estimates for small states.

Note: Bolded numbers are statistically significant at the 5 percent level.

Source: Author’s analysis of microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement (U.S. Census Bureau various years)

View the underlying data on epi.org.