The number of Virginians covered by health insurance through an employer declined by nearly 10 percent over the past decade, according to a report released this week.
Just 65.6 percent of the state’s residents had insurance through an employer-sponsored plan in 2011, compared with 75.2 percent in 2000, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s report found.
Other states saw more drastic drops, and the percentage of Virginians covered by workplace insurance in 2011 was about six points higher than the national average.
Still, consumer advocates said the numbers underscore the importance of offering more affordable insurance and other options as the costs of health care continue to rise.
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