A new report shows that 53% of Californians get their health insurance through work, down from 62% in 2000.
About 17.6 million state residents received employer health benefits in 2011, nearly 1.3 million fewer than a decade earlier.
The report issued Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also shows that the premiums for family coverage through work shot up 146% over the same period to $14,828 annually in California.
"Higher costs naturally translate into fewer employers offering insurance coverage, and fewer employees accepting it, even when it is offered," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation's president.
The number of private-sector companies in California offering health benefits also fell over the last decade, to 52% in 2011 from 57% in 2000.