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Employer-Based Coverage: Shore It Up or Ship It Out?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Employer-sponsored coverage rates have been steadily falling, from 66 percent of non-elderly Americans in 2000 to slightly below 60 percent in 2006. Experts cite rising premium costs and workforce changes as factors driving the erosion in such coverage.

What are the pros and cons of employer-sponsored coverage? Who is losing coverage and why? Is it possible to maintain or improve health coverage for employees and also prevent jobs from moving overseas? This briefing, sponsored by the Alliance and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explored these and related questions.



Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
Andrew Hyman, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Moderator
Paul Fronstin, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Speaker
Robert Galvin, General Electric Co., Speaker
Len Nichols, New America Foundation, Speaker
Gerry Shea, AFL-CIO, Speaker

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Employer-Based Coverage: Shore It Up or Ship It Out (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/2/2007
Full Webcast/Podcast: Employer-Based Coverage: Shore It Up or Ship It Out

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Paul Fronstin - Employment-Based Coverage: Is The Erosion in Coverage the Tipping Point? (PowerPoint), 9/21/2007
Robert Galvin - Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Understanding The Employer Mind-set (PowerPoint), 9/21/2007
Gerry Shea - In America No One Should Go Without Health Care (PowerPoint), 9/21/2007
Len Nichols - Health Reform Transitions: Reasons for and How To Help Employers Go Gently... (PowerPoint), 9/21/2007

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Employment Changes Play Major Role in Access to Employer Health Coverage (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 5/1/2006
Opportunity Costs and Opportunities Lost: Businesses Speak Out About the U.S. Health Care Syste (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Center for American Progress, 4/1/2007
California Small Business Healthcare Survey (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Small Business For Affordable Healthcare, 8/23/2007
Small-Business Owners and Health Care Policy (Adobe Acrobat PDF), National Federation of Independent Business, 5/21/2007
Employer Health Benefits Survey - Summary of Findings (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Family Foundation, 9/1/2007
After a three-year lull, health benefit cost growth picks up a little speed in 2008 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Mercer Health & Benefits News Release, 9/5/2007
Changes in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Sponsorship, Eligibility, and Participation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Family Foundation, 12/1/2006
A Brief Analysis of the Bush Administration's Tax Proposals in the Context of SCHIP Reauthoriza (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Urban Institute, 8/1/2007
AFL-CIO Campaigns for Universal Health Insurance (Adobe Acrobat PDF), AFL-CIO, 8/29/2007
Small-business coalition would pay to ease health care costs (Adobe Acrobat PDF), San Francisco Chronicle, 8/24/2007
Health Care and the Budget: The Healthy Americans Act and Other Options for Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Statement of Len M. Nichols before the Committee on the Budget, US Senate, 6/26/2007
Employer-Based Health Benefits: Access and Coverage, 1988-2005 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Employee Benefit Research Institute, 3/1/2007
Evolving Beyond Traditional Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Hamilton Project, 5/1/2007
Achieving Universal Coverage Through Medicare Part E(veryone) (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Hamilton Project, 5/1/2007
Making Health Care Affordable: Bush's Bold Health Tax Reform Plan (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Heritage Foundation, 1/22/2007
Health Care Costs in America: A Call to Action for Covering the Uninsured (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Business Roundtable, 6/1/2007
Selected Experts (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 9/21/2007
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 9/21/2007


Robert Galvin of General Electric Co. -- speaker at the September 21st briefing cosponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Len Nichols of the New America Foundation -- speaker at the September 21st briefing cosponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute -- speaker at the September 21st briefing cosponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Gerry Shea of AFL-CIO -- speaker at the September 21st briefing cosponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Andrew Hyman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- moderator of the September 21st briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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