September 30, 2009
In March 2009, 74 percent of civilian workers had access to medical care benefit plans through their employers; 56 percent of civilian workers participated in such plans.
The take-up rate—the ratio of the percentage who participated to the percentage with access—was 76 percent.
The proportion of all civilian workers who had access to dental care benefit plans was 48 percent, with 38 percent participating, yielding a take-up rate of 79 percent.
The proportion of all civilian workers who had access to vision care benefit plans was 29 percent, with 22 percent participating; the take-up rate was 77 percent.
These data are from the National Compensation Survey–Benefits program. To learn more, see "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2009" (HTML) (PDF), September 2009, Bulletin 2731. The take-up rate is the ratio of employees participating in a benefit to employees with access to this benefit.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Health care benefits access and participation rates, March 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090930.htm (visited October 25, 2014).
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