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Large U.S. firms offering retiree health benefits to Medicare-age retirees 2000-2020

The statistic depicts the percentage of large US firms offering retiree health benefits to Medicare-age retirees from 2000 to 2020. The results show that 67 percent of firms were offering health benefits to such retirees in 2020.

Retiree health benefits

As of 2019, 91 percent of large United States firms offered retiree health benefits to early-age retirees. In that same year, 77 percent of firms with 25 to 49 employees offered their employees health benefits. Firms offering health benefits also differed based on industry. Some 82 percent of large firms in the state or local governments offered retiree health benefits, while, ironically, only ten percent of health care firms offered retiree health benefits, one of the lowest figures among United States industries.

For those under 65 years of age, a former employee pays around 550 U.S. dollars per month in premiums to the former employer. Health benefits in retirement are most common in the public sector but there may also be a reduction of benefits offered in this sector. The number of large firms offering benefits has decreased. For those 65 and older, Medicare coverage provides health care insurance. However, for retirees under 65, health insurance must be paid by the individual.

Percentage of large U.S. firms offering retiree health benefits to Medicare-age retirees from 2000 to 2020

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Release date

October 2020


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2020

Number of respondents

base: over 2,000 non-federal public and private firms

Special properties

200 or more employees

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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