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Survey: 96% of workers consider employer-sponsored health insurance important

Written on Jan 3, 2023

Health insurance isn't just a perk, but one of the main draws of employment for nearly all American workers, according to a new poll. 

The survey by Seven Letter Insight for the Protecting Americans Coverage Together campaign tallied responses from 2,334 workers with employee-sponsored health coverage from Nov. 14 to Nov. 19, 2022. 

Respondents overwhelmingly highlighted the significance of receiving insurance through their employer, with 83% saying it is important that a job offers coverage, while 13% say it is very important. 

Americans would rather get their insurance through their employer than on the individual market, as 89% of respondents expressed their preference for employer-sponsored coverage. 

Over 75% of workers surveyed said they believe insurance through employers is higher in quality than open market plans, while 95% said employer-sponsored coverage is more convenient, and 83% said it is more affordable. 

Overall, 93% of respondents are satisfied with their insurance. More than half (54%) are highly satisfied, more than 70% agree their health insurance is worth what they pay for it, and 87% call their plans affordable. 

Affordability topped the provided list of words for respondents when asked to describe their coverage. The other top choices were "high-quality" and "comprehensive." Meanwhile, the least chosen descriptions were "lacking," "confusing," and "low-quality." 

Nearly all workers (97%) feel that "quality health coverage is an important way for companies to retain their valued employees," and 80% named health insurance as one of the most important benefits for an employer to offer.