The percentage of Americans who currently obtain health insurance coverage through their employers continues to drop, indicating an ongoing trend among benefit plan sponsors and HR decision-makers to shift costs to public and private exchanges.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index states that the percentage of individuals obtaining their health insurance from their current or former employers dropped by two percentage points to 43.14% in 2014’s first quarter. The poll – which tracked nearly 28,000 adults between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28 – notes that 18.1% of Americans obtain their primary health insurance through a plan fully paid for by themselves or a family member. This number is up nearly one percentage point since 2013’s fourth quarter.

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