Brief Making Work Pay II
Comprehensive Health Insurance for Low-Income Working Families
Cynthia Perry, Linda J. Blumberg
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Only 37 percent of adults in low-income working families had employer-sponsored health insurance and 42 percent had no coverage. Health care costs are also rapidly rising out of reach for even middle-income Americans. In this essay, Perry and Blumberg propose comprehensive reform that ensures coverage for everyone at every income level, while still encouraging work. Their proposals include state purchasing pools, individual mandates, and strategies for reducing health care costs.
Research Areas Health and health care Families Social safety net
Tags Health insurance Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Federal health care reform State health care reform Private insurance Families with low incomes
Policy Centers Health Policy Center