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What Will Happen if Employers Drop Health Insurance? A Simulation of Employees’ Willingness to Purchase Insurance in the Individual Market

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  • Abraham, Jean Marie
  • Feldman, Roger

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Although employer-sponsored insurance is the primary source of health insurance for non-elderly individuals, premium growth and federal health insurance reform, including tax credits to purchase individual insurance, might decrease employers’ propensity to offer coverage. Using estimates from a model of employer-sponsored insurance take-up, we simulate the proportion of workers who hold coverage who would be willing to purchase individual coverage if their employers dropped this benefit. Additionally, we consider how take-up rates would increase given the availability of income-based subsidies for workers who lose insurance.

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  • Abraham, Jean Marie & Feldman, Roger, 2010. "What Will Happen if Employers Drop Health Insurance? A Simulation of Employees’ Willingness to Purchase Insurance in the Individual Market," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 63(2), pages 191-213, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:2:p:191-213
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    1. Richard V. Burkhauser & Jeff Larrimore & Kosali Simon, 2013. "Measuring The Impact Of Valuing Health Insurance On Levels And Trends In Inequality And How The Affordable Care Act Of 2010 Could Affect Them," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(4), pages 779-794, October.

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