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Moderate-income Missourians are among the biggest losers in the nationwide decline of employer-sponsored health coverage.

The portion of Missourians with health insurance through employer-sponsored plans dipped nearly 12 percent between 1999 and 2009, according to a report by the University of Minnesota and released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Missouri is one of a dozen states that experienced declines of 10 percentage points or more in employer-sponsored health insurance during that decade, the study said. The other states were Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas.

In spite of the nationwide decline, employer-sponsored coverage remains the predominant source of health insurance for non-elderly Americans. While the erosion occurred at all income levels, the report said more than half of those losing this ins……….. continues on St. Louis Beacon.
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