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Employers paid 67 percent of premiums for family medical care coverage in 2020

October 29, 2020

Employers paid 67 percent of premiums for family medical care coverage in March 2020. Civilian workers participating in these plans paid the remaining 33 percent. Employers paid 59 percent of premiums for workers with the lowest 25 percent of wages and 71 percent of premiums for workers with the highest 25 percent of wages.

Percent of medical care premiums paid by employer and employee for civilian workers by wage group, March 2020
Wage group and type of coverage Employer share Employee share

Family coverage

Lowest 25 percent

59% 41%

Second 25 percent

65 35

Third 25 percent

69 31

Highest 25 percent

71 29

Single coverage

Lowest 25 percent

77 23

Second 25 percent

79 21

Third 25 percent

80 20

Highest 25 percent

81 19

For single coverage plans, employers paid 80 percent of medical premiums, and employees paid 20 percent. Employers paid 77 percent of premiums for workers with the lowest 25 percent of wages and 81 percent of premiums for those with the highest 25 percent of wages.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. For more estimates on medical premiums, see “Employee Benefits in the United States — March 2020” and Medical care premiums in the United States.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employers paid 67 percent of premiums for family medical care coverage in 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/employers-paid-67-percent-of-premiums-for-family-medical-care-coverage-in-2020.htm (visited November 30, 2020).

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