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What is employer-sponsored health insurance?

Of Americans who have health coverage, nearly 60 percent secure that coverage through an employer-sponsored plan, often called group health insurance. Millions – including those who buy small-group coverage – take advantage of the coverage for reasons as obvious as employer responsibility for a significant portion of the health care expenses.

Group health plans are also guaranteed issue, meaning that a carrier must cover all applicants whose employment qualifies them for coverage. In addition, employer-sponsored plans typically are able to include a range of plan options from HMO and PPO plan to additional coverage such as dental, life, short- and long-term disability.