Creating good jobs and helping Americans keep good jobs is key to keeping Americans covered by health insurance.
Finding of a study published in November, 2011 by the National Bureao of Economic Research shows that job losses during the economic recession are a key contributor to the growth in the number of uninsured in America.
Authors of “the Impact of the Macoeconomy on Health Insurance Coverage: Evidence From the Great Recession” report that:
- An estimated 9.3 million adult Americans, the vast majority of whom were men, lost health insurance due to a higher unemployment rate alone during the 2007-09 recession;
- A one percentage point increase in the state unemployment rate is associated with a 1.67 percentage point (2.12%) reduction in the probability that men have health insurance with job loss having the strongest effect on health coverage among college-educated, white, and older (50-64 year old) men.
- A one percentage point increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a 1.37 percentage point (4.69%) higher probability that a child is covered by public health insurance. We conclude with a discussion of how components of recent health care reform may influence these relationships in the future.
Learn more about the results of the study and the authors’ perspectives on the potential implications on certain aspects of health reform on this trend at http://www.nber.org/papers/w17600.
Project COPE: Coalition On Patient Empowerment & Coalition For Responsible Health Care Quality
Project COPE: Coalition on Patient Empowerment & the Coalition for Responsible Health Care Quality are coalitions of individuals and organizations that share the belief that every American and American organization has a stake, and something to contribute to our ability to find and implement the best options for ensuring that the U.S. health care system provides quality, affordable health care.
Health care impacts every individual and every organization in America. Consequently, every American citizen and organization including but not limited to health care providers, employers, insurer, and community organizations should take part. The government, health care providers, insurers and community organizations can help by providing education and resources to make understanding and dealing with the realities of illness, disability or aging easier for a patient and their family, the affected employers and others. At the end of the day, however, caring for people requires the human touch. Americans can best improve health care by not waiting for someone else to step up or speak up.
Project COPE urges and invites each individual and organization speak up to help communicate and act to make health care work for themselves, their families and others when you can and share your input to help preserve and continue to develop real meaningful improvements to our health care system by joining Project COPE: Coalition for Patient Empowerment here by sharing ideas, tools and other solutions and other resources.
Other Helpful Resources & Other Information
We hope that this information is useful to you. If you found these updates of interest, you also be interested in one or more of the following other recent articles published on the Coalition for Responsible Health Care Reform electronic publication available here, our electronic Solutions Law Press Health Care Update publication available here, or our HR & Benefits Update electronic publication available here . You also can access information about how you can arrange for training on “Building Your Family’s Health Care Toolkit,” using the “PlayForLife” resources to organize low cost wellness programs in your workplace, school, church or other communities, and other process improvement, compliance and other training and other resources for health care providers, employers, health plans, community leaders and others here. If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail by creating or updating your profile here. You can access other recent updates and other informative publications and resources.
Examples of recent updates that may be of interest include:
- New Guidance On Fiduciary Duties In Handling ACA Group Health Plan Premium Rebates Highlight Advisability Of Tightening Funding Terms & Fund Handling Practices To Manage Fiduciary Risks
- Mental Health Parity Guidance On Mental Health & Substance Abuse Copays, Utilization Management Limits Released
- Group Health Plans & Insurer To Get More Time To Meet Affordable Care Act Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements
- DFW Hospital Council Foundation Among 26 Organizations Selected To Lead Quality Effort
- CMS Final Medicare Rule Imposes Many Conditions On Access To Medicare Claims Data To Evaluate Providers & Suppliers
- EBSA Releases Collection of New M-1 and Other Guidance Impacting Multiple Employer Welfare Plans
- Incentives To Get Employee Into Wellness Education Requires Legal Risk Management
- HHS Chides Insurer For “Excessive” Premium Increases After Affordable Care Act Rate Audit
- Bill Extending Funding For Certain Veteran Medical and Other Projects Heads To President
- CMS Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions
- Texas Health Care Organizations Among 26 Organizations Receiving Awards To Promote Health Care Quality, Safety & Affordability
- Education Key To Helping Low-Income Families Make Better Health Choices
- Poor Planning & Execution Often Tank Wellness Programs
- Health Care Reform’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Covers Fewer Than 50,000 of Millions With Pre-Existing Conditions
- Personal Responsibility: How Should It Play Into Who Gets Help Under Health Care Reform?
- ONC Awards Key Contract To Develop Patient Electronic Consent Trial Project
- Finding Ways To Pay For Mental Health: Kaiser Studies Examine Medicaid & Other Mental Health Financing Needs & Options
- Recap of IRS Employee Plans 2011 1st Quarter Guidance
- Celebrate 1st Anniversary of Health Care Reform Passage By Discussing How It’s Working
- CMS Adds “Physician Compare” Feature To Healthcare Provider Directory
- Join Project COPE: Help Develop Real Tools To Meaningfully Empower Patients & Improve Health Care Access, Affordability & Quality
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