Skip Navigation Archive: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
Archival print banner

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to for current information.

Two-Thirds of State and Local Government Workers Get Their Health Plans From Their Employers

AHRQ News and Numbers, February 24, 2010

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

About 66 percent of the nearly 20 million State and local government employees were enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans in 2008, compared with 54 percent of private-sector workers, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Federal agency's analysis of State and local government employee health plan data, broken down by the nine Census divisions, found that:

  • The highest average annual total premiums ($6,631) for plans that only covered the employee (single-coverage) were in the New England division of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, while they were the lowest ($4,560) in the West South Central division—Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • New England employees also had the highest average annual total premium ($16,965) for plans that covered families. The lowest ($12,068) were in the South Atlantic division of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Workers in New England with single-coverage plans contributed more ($1,097) on average to the cost of that premium than workers in the neighboring Middle Atlantic division—New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania ($291).
  • In contrast, State and local government workers in the West South Central division contributed the most on average to the family plan ($4,048) premium and those in the Middle Atlantic division contributed the least ($957).

AHRQ, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, improves the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary are taken from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a detailed source of information on the health services used by Americans, the frequency with which they are used, the cost of those services, and how they are paid. For more information, go to Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Employees of State and Local Governments, by Census Division, 2008.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of February 2010
Internet Citation: Two-Thirds of State and Local Government Workers Get Their Health Plans From Their Employers: AHRQ News and Numbers, February 24, 2010. February 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.


AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care