How Have Workers Fared Under the ACA?
Research Nov-01-2018 | | 1-min read
Concerns regarding negative effects on employment and employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) did not come to fruition according to an Urban Institute analysis of federal data from the American Community Survey. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, employment increased, as did health insurance coverage offered to these workers. (The term “worker” refers to people who are currently employed and excludes those who are not currently employed but are seeking employment.) Specifically, workers in historically low-insurance rate jobs experienced an increase—e.g., restaurant and retail workers. The findings indicate that coverage gains were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed the assistance.
The ACA increased coverage substantially for workers, without creating an appreciable negative impact on ESI or employment.
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