Estimating the Effects of Health Insurance on Health Status and Financial Security, Phase Two


In 1999, San Diego's Sharp Health Plan, in partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation, began offering subsidized health insurance to low- and middle-income employees of small firms, thus providing an opportunity to assess the impact of health insurance on this population. In the first phase of this project, researchers collected baseline data on a group of the newly insured workers and a comparison group of uninsured workers who did not participate in the plan. The information they gathered covered health status, access to care, financial burdens from uninsured care, and workforce participation rates. In the next phase, Kronick and colleagues will assess the impact after one year that having health insurance had on these same outcomes. Findings from this study will inform future deliberations on health coverage expansion by allowing policymakers to consider not only the cost of providing coverage to the uninsured, but also the health and economic benefits of that coverage.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of California
Principal Investigator:
Richard Kronick, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 12, 2002

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