An Early Look At Changes in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act

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Critics frequently characterize the ACA as a threat to the survival of employer-sponsored insurance. The Medicaid expansion and Marketplace subsidies could adversely affect employers’ incentives to offer health insurance and workers’ incentives to take up such offers. This article takes advantage of timely data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey for June 2013 through September 2014 to examine, from the perspective of workers, early changes in offer, take-up, and coverage rates for employer-sponsored insurance under the ACA. The researchers found no evidence that any of these rates have declined under the ACA. They have, in fact, remained constant: around 82 percent, 86 percent, and 71 percent, respectively, for all workers and around 63 percent, 71 percent, and 45 percent, respectively, for low-income workers. This suggests that the ACA has had no effect on employer coverage to date, and the economic incentives for workers to obtain coverage from employers remain strong.

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Date: Jan 2015
Author: Health Affairs