Differences in Health Insurance Coverage between Part-Time and Full-Time Private-Sector Workers, 2005 and 2015

Source: William A. Carroll and G. Edward Miller, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief #511, April 2018

– In 2015, among non-elderly private-sector workers, those working full time were more than 4 times as likely as part-time workers to be policyholders of employer-sponsored insurance provided through their current main job (66.9 vs. 15.1 percent).
– In 2015, part-time workers were more than 2 times as likely as full-time workers to have other ESI coverage (38.9 vs. 14.5 percent) which accounted for nearly three-quarters (72.0 percent) of all ESI coverage held by part-time workers.
– From 2005 to 2015, the percentage of part-time workers covered by ESI from any source decreased by 10.1 percentage points, from 64.1 to 54.0 percent.
– From 2005 to 2015, the increase in public coverage was larger for part-time workers than for full-time workers (11.3 vs. 2.2 percentage points).
– Both groups of workers had a significant decline in the percentage uninsured from 2005 to 2015, with the uninsurance rate for full-time workers dropping 3.0 percentage points (from 12.6 to 9.6 percent) and the rate for part-time workers dropping 6.6 percentage points (from 19.3 to 12.7 percent).