Health insurance home-office employees in the U.S. 1960-2018

The statistic represents the number of health insurance employees in the United States from 1960 to 2018. In 1999, there were 319,200 health insurance employees (home-office personnel) in the United States. Until 2018, this number increased to almost 530 thousand employees.

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The number of employees working as home-office personnel in the health insurance sector has risen since the 1990s. In 1996, about 278,000 people were employed in this industry and have increased to roughly 530,000 employees in 2018. Aflac is currently one of the leading health and life insurance companies in the United States. The company garnered profits of some three billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Medicaid is a health care program for families in the United States living on a low income. It is funded by both state and federal governments and managed by individual states. The program was created in 1965 under the Social Security Amendments. Total Medicaid spending in the United States is highest in California and New York, reaching some 84 billion U.S. dollars and 75 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, in fiscal year 2018. There were about 11.7 million Medicaid (and CHIP) enrollees in California and 6.5 million enrollees in New York as of 2019. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” was signed on March 23, 2010 with goals of increasing health insurance quality and affordability to raise the number of people covered by health insurance in the country and lowering health care costs for individuals. It was estimated that the ACA should help insure 13 million more people under Medicaid and CHIP and insure an additional 25 million citizens overall by 2023.

Number of health insurance home-office employees in the U.S. from 1960 to 2018*

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Statistic represents home-office personnel. Figures comprise only those on the payroll of insurers that participate in the unemployment insurance program.

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