Knitting Together Public and Private Health Insurance for Low-Income Workers


Low-income workers and their families represent a large and growing proportion of the nation's uninsured. Expanding health coverage for this population depends to a great extent on finding ways to make public and private health coverage work well together. This project will provide analytic support to policymakers as they debate ways of covering those U.S. workers who fall through the cracks of the public and private health insurance systems. In three separate but related analyses, Jeanne Lambrew and colleagues will describe state experiences with insurance premium-assistance programs; determine how job changes affect access to employer coverage; and examine insurance coverage patterns for minimum-wage workers. For each topic, project staff will assess various options for improving current policy. Findings will be disseminated at a policy forum organized for state and national policy leaders within the private and public sectors.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
George Washington University
Principal Investigator:
Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 13, 2001

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