New Data Resource on Employer-Sponsored Insurance
According to a new chartbook (PDF File, 3 MB) based on data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC), premiums for employer-sponsored insurance in 2014 grew an average of 3.9 percent for family policies and 4.7 percent for single and employee-plus-one policies. These annual growth rates were not statistically different from the 2012 to 2013 increases (3.5 percent for single coverage, 3.5 percent for employee-plus-one coverage, and 3.6 percent for family coverage).
The MEPS-IC 2014 Chartbook describes trends in employer coverage, premiums, and benefits from 2003 to 2014. The chartbook presents easily accessible graphs and maps to facilitate comparison of long term trends and to visualize State data previously released only in tables. The chartbook is based on data from private-sector employers in the MEPS-IC, an annual survey of private employers, and State and local governments designed to be representative of all 50 States and the District of Columbia. While other sources have also provided estimates for 2014, AHRQ's large sample allows for State-level estimates and estimates by firm sizes affected by distinct Affordable Care Act provisions.
AHRQ Director Rick Kronick, Ph.D., has published a blog providing more detail about the chartbook.
Select to access Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (PDF File, 3 MB).