Health Insurance in Nonstandard Jobs and Small Firms: Differences for Parents by Race and Ethnicity

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Health Insurance in Nonstandard Jobs and Small Firms: Differences for Parents by Race and Ethnicity

Abstract

This brief provides new insights about health insurance coverage gaps among racial and ethnic minority groups, focusing on parents with employment in small firms or nonstandard employment. Compared with white parents, a disproportionate share of Latino and black parents have nonstandard employment, and Latino parents are more likely to have employment in small firms. These work arrangements increase the risk of being uninsured since they are less likely to come with an offer of health insurance compared to regular large firm employment. Few uninsured Latino parents could obtain coverage under existing Medicaid programs. Potential impacts of health reform are discussed.

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