Employer-sponsored health coverage continues to drop

The number of Americans who have employer-sponsored health care dropped last year for the ninth year in a row, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

The report found that the share of Americans under 65 covered by employment-based health insurance fell from 61.9 percent in 2008 to 58.9 percent in 2009. The report also predicts that employer-sponsored coverage will continue to drop until the major coverage expansion of the health reform law kicks in in 2014.

"The current recession and its negative impact on access to health care highlight how dependent Americans are on a healthy labor market for all facets of economic security," report author Elise Gould said in a statement.