As the Economy Improves, the Number of Uninsured Is Falling But Not Because of a Rebound in Employer Sponsored Insurance

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As the Economy Improves, the Number of Uninsured Is Falling But Not Because of a Rebound in Employer Sponsored Insurance

Abstract

John Holahan and Megan McGrath use the Current Population Survey to provide an analysis of the changes in health insurance coverage since the 2007 recession. There has been a decline in the number of uninsured in the last two years, both among adults and children due to an increase in available public coverage. While the rate of employer sponsored insurance (ESI) has stabilized for some groups in recent years, it has not led to large gains in ESI as the economy has improved. There has, however, been an increase in ESI coverage among young adults, because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions allowing them to retain family coverage. The paper also looks at trends in coverage across race/ethnicity, region, industry, and firm size.

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