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Survey: Most prefer their employer-provided health coverage

The poll found 63 percent of consumers are satisfied with their current employer-provided coverage.

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A recent survey conducted by AHIP’s Campaign @ Work found that most respondents had a favorable opinion of their employer-provided coverage.

The survey was conducted online from April 17 – 25, 2023, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The total number of people surveyed was 1,000 across the nation and says it was balanced to national demographics of gender, age and region.

Employer-provided coverage empowers over 180 million Americans to maintain and improve their health and helps provide financial security for themselves and their loved ones,” said Matt Eyles, AHIP President and CEO. 

The Key Findings from the survey are included here:

  • 63 percent of consumers are satisfied with their current employer-provided coverage, and the vast majority (68 percent) prefer to get their coverage through their employer rather than through the federal or state government.
  • 82 percent of consumers report their plan covers preventive services, 76 percent says it provides access to quality providers and 65 percent say it gives them financial peace of mind if consumers faced significant costs from an unexpected medical event.
  • 53 percent of those with employer-provided coverage  report that what they currently pay for coverage overall is reasonable. 
  • Consumers report that the plan benefits they value most are emergency care (62 percent), prescription drugs (58 percent) and preventive care (55 percent). 
  • 68 percent felt health coverage plays an important role in whether they want a job and 77 percent felt it played an even more important role in keeping that job. Once informed that the average company pays between 70-80 percent of the cost of coverage, 61 percent have a more favorable impression of companies who provide their employees with health insurance benefits.
  • 68 percent consider it important for plans to cover telehealth services and 73 percent believe it’s important for the federal government to maintain the pandemic-era telehealth flexibilities for patients. 
  • 52 percent oppose taxing employee health benefits, and an even greater majority would be less likely to vote for a lawmaker who supports taxing them, 63 percent – including 60 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of swing voters and 57 percent of Republicans.
  • 49 percent of respondents felt employer based coverage met children’s mental health needs.

AHIP is the national association whose members provide health care coverage, services, and solutions to hundreds of millions of Americans every day. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that make health care better and to help create a space where coverage is more affordable and accessible for everyone.

The survey results are linked here. The infographic is here and the slide presentation is here

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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