Making Health Reform More Affordable for Working Families: The Effect of Employee Choice Vouchers

Research Report

Making Health Reform More Affordable for Working Families: The Effect of Employee Choice Vouchers

Abstract

Many low-income workers would be prevented from accessing subsidies under current health reform proposals if they are offered employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI). This report examines the effectiveness of two employee choice voucher options in making health care more affordable for such families. Findings show that employee choice vouchers would make health coverage dramatically more affordable for the low-income families who take advantage of them, would increase insurance coverage very modestly, and would not significantly change government or employer spending. The voucher programs considered would modestly reduce the number of people covered by ESI while having little effect on premiums.

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