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The Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Health Insurance: The Role of Employer-Provided Health Insurance

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  • Cathy J. Bradley
  • David Neumark
  • Meryl I. Motika

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We study how men’s dependence on their own employer for health insurance affects labor supply responses and loss of health insurance coverage when faced with a serious health shock. Men with employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI) are more likely to remain working following some kinds of adverse health shocks, and are more likely to lose insurance. With the passage of health care reform, the tendency of men with ECHI as opposed to other sources of insurance to remain employed following a health shock may be diminished, along with the likelihood of losing health insurance.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17223.

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Publication status: published as Cathy Bradley & David Neumark & Meryl Motika, 2012. "The effects of health shocks on employment and health insurance: the role of employer-provided health insurance," International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 253-267, December.
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  1. Bradley, Cathy J. & Neumark, David & Barkowski, Scott, 2013. "Does employer-provided health insurance constrain labor supply adjustments to health shocks? New evidence on women diagnosed with breast cancer," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 833-849.

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