BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If proposed health care legislation is enacted, it would set new standards in the employer-based insurance system. Approximately 18.4 million Californians and 161 million Americans under the age of 65 rely upon employer-based insurance for their health care coverage.
Both House and Senate versions of reform legislation entail specific requirements for employer-based insurance. While the vast majority of employees work for firms that currently comply with most new standards, reform legislation, if passed, would increase protection for many insured workers and their families in California. Firms that buy insurance in the small group market will be most affected by these changes.
A study based on a 2009 survey of 827 private firms with establishments in California finds that:
About the Study
Data for this study are from the 2009 California Employer Health Benefits Survey sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The 2009 study data are from 827 private firms with establishments in California.
California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) jointly produce the California Employer Health Benefits Survey. Researchers at NORC design and analyze the survey results. National Research LLC (NR) administers the telephone survey. Findings are from a random sample of 827 interviews with employee benefit managers in private firms in California. NR conducted interviews from April to July 2009. The sample of firms was drawn from the Dun & Bradstreet list of private employers with three or more workers. The margin of error for responses among all employers is +/- 3.4 percent.
Gabel, J., Jacobs, K., Tan, L., McDevitt, R., Pickreign, J., and KC, S. December 2009. "National Health Reform Requirements and California Employers." Issue Brief. Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.
About the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC)
NORC, known since its founding in 1941 as the National Opinion Research Center, pursues objective research in the public interest. NORC has offices on the University of Chicago campus and in Chicago's downtown Loop and Bethesda, Maryland. http://www.norc.org
About the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
The Labor Center is a public service and outreach program of UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), conducting research and education on issues related to labor and employment, and working with unions, government, and employers to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/
SOURCE NORC at the University of Chicago
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