The Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Health Insurance: The Role of Employer-Provided Health Insurance
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.
Bradley, Neumark, and Motika's research was supported by NCI grant number R01-CA122145, "Health, Health Insurance, and Labor Supply." We thank Pamela Farley Short for helpful comments on an earlier draft. We also thank Dr. Mark Pauly and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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. citation courtesy of