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Employer health benefits and insurance expansions: Hawaii's experience


  • Thomas C. Buchmueller
  • John DiNardo
  • Robert G. Valletta


As policies are proposed to expand health insurance coverage in the United States, it is useful to focus on the experience of Hawaii, where employers are required to offer such insurance to their full-time employees. Our findings suggest that Hawaii’s law has substantially increased health insurance coverage in the state, although the impact has been partially offset by employers' increased reliance on the exempt class of employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week.

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  • Thomas C. Buchmueller & John DiNardo & Robert G. Valletta, 2009. "Employer health benefits and insurance expansions: Hawaii's experience," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue jun29.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2009:i:jun29:n:2009-21

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