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More working Georgians are going without health insurance from their employers—either turning it down or not having coverage offered. (Photo-Subconsci Productions)

More working Georgians are going without health insurance from their employers—either turning it down or not having coverage offered. It’s a nationwide trend, but a sharper decline here.

Nearly 70 percent of Georgians were covered under employer health plans in 1999 and 2000. But a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that by the end of 2009, that number had fallen-off by 10 percent.

And the drop is very pronounced with small business. Only 37 percent of Georgia companies with 50 or fewer employees now offer health insurance.

Bill Custer, a Georgia State University professor of health care insurance industry, says the state has higher numbers of un-insured because of its business-makeup.

“I don’t think Georgia is that much different from the rest of the nation in terms of the willingness to buy coverage or the willingness……….. continues on GPB.
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