Nearly 71% Of Private Employees Have Access To Health Insurance Benefits

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Seventy-one percent of U.S. private-sector employees have access toemployer-based health care benefits this year, and 52% of workers withaccess chose to participate in the plans, according to a report by theU.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kansas City Starreports. The report found that 60% of private industry establishmentsoffered health benefits to workers in 2007. Private U.S. establishmentson average covered 81% of monthly premium costs for employee-onlycoverage and 71% of monthly premiums for family coverage, according tothe report.

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The average employee contribution toward monthlypremiums for employee-only plans was $81.37, and the average monthlycontribution for family plans was $312.78, the report found.

Thereport also found that 61% of private-sector employees had access toretirement benefits and that 51% of employees participated in at leastone type of retirement plan. According to the bureau, 20% participatedin defined benefit retirement plans and 43% enrolled in definedcontribution plans, with some employees participating in both types ofplans (Stafford, Kansas City Star, 8/25).

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