Comparison of Take-up Rates in Employer-Sponsored Medical Care Plans: State and Local Government and Private Industry

Source: Marc Kronson, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Compensation and Working Conditions, December 23, 2009

Data from the 2009 National Compensation Survey (NCS) reveal that take-up rates for employer-provided medical care plans differ between private industry workers and State and local government workers. Take-up rates also vary among workers in their respective private and State and local government sectors, by worker and establishment characteristics. This article discusses the concept of a take-up rate and presents take-up rate comparisons among workers in two major sectors of the economy, utilizing the March 2009 NCS estimates on take-up rates for employer-provided medical plans.

NOTE: Take-up rate refers to the percent of workers with access to a plan who actually “take up,” or participate, in a plan.

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