2014 MEPS-IC Private-Sector National Tables

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 477

AHRQ has released national tables from the 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component (MEPS-IC), an annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance.

Results from the 2014 MEPS-IC Private-Sector National Tables, a MEPS statistical brief, discusses the 2014 national survey estimates and examines changes in the survey estimates over the years 2008–2013. In addition to statistics for all private-sector employers, it considers results for small and large employers.

Highlights:

  • The number of employees who enrolled in a health insurance plan through their private-sector employer was stable between 2013 (56.3 million) and 2014 (55.8 million).
  • The percentage of employees working at an establishment that offered insurance declined by 2.4 percentage points from 2013 to 2014, which was not significantly different from the average annual decline of 1.8 percentage points from 2008 to 2011.
  • The percentage of employees enrolled in coverage at establishments that offered insurance (the coverage rate) remained stable between 2013 and 2014 for all employers (57.8 percent) and for small (56.8 percent) and large (58.0 percent) employers. The coverage rate was stable at small employers because the eligibility and take-up rates were stable during this one-year period. At large employers, however, the coverage rate was stable because an increase in the take-up rate offset a decrease in the eligibility rate.
  • The growth rate for single premiums from 2013 to 2014 (4.7 percent) was significantly lower than the rate of growth from 2008 to 2009, but not significantly different from growth rates over any other one-year period from 2009-2013. Family premiums increased by 3.9 percent from 2013 to 2014, which did not differ from the growth rate in 2012 to 2013, but was lower than the growth rates in 2008-2009 (5.9 percent), 2009-2010 (6.5 percent) and 2010-2011 (8.3 percent).
  • The percentage of employees enrolled in a plan with a deductible, as well as the average size of both individual and family deductibles increased from 2013 to 2014, following a pattern of increases observed in most years from 2008 to 2013.
Page last reviewed July 2015
Internet Citation: 2014 MEPS-IC Private-Sector National Tables: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 477. July 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps1.html