Health Insurance Coverage by Education Level, 1979–2008

In 2008, 68% of four-year college graduates working at least half-time in the private sector were covered by employer-provided health insurance. Only 50% of high school graduates had this benefit.

Figure 1.13: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Coverage Among Private Sector Workers Ages 18 to 64 Working at Least Half-Time, by Education Level, 1979–2008

Figure 1.13: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Coverage Among Private Sector

Notes & Sources 

Source: Economic Policy Institute, 2010.

  • The gap between health care coverage for high school graduates and four-year college graduates grew from 10 percentage points in 1979 to 14 percentage points in 1988, 17 percentage points in 1998, and 18 percentage points in 2008.
  • Employer-provided health care coverage for all private sector employees declined from 69% in 1979 to 55% in 2008. The decline was more rapid for high school graduates than for four-year college graduates.