WASHINGTON–Contributions from employers to workers' account-based health plans declined for the second year in a row in 2010, according to new findings by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

Data from the 2010 EBRI/MGA Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey show that the percentage of workers who reported that their employer contributed $1,000 or more to their account-based health plan declined from 37 percent in 2008 to 28 percent in 2010. The study found the drop in employer contributions may have been due to the weak economy.

However, workers with employee-only coverage responded to the decrease from employers by increasing their own personal contributions; workers with family coverage did not increase their contributions.

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