Examining the Health Insurance Coverage of Temporary and Contract Workers


Temporary workers, independent contractors, and individuals employed by companies that contract their services to other firms are significantly less likely than permanent, full-time workers to have health insurance. These workers often are employed by large firms but ineligible to participate in benefit programs available to full-time employees. Currently, there is a lack of information about the extent to which firms offer health coverage to their temporary or contract workers, the quality of coverage when it is offered, and restrictions that prevent these workers from participating in company health benefit plans. To help identify workable policies that could improve these workers' health coverage, this project will: 1) create a health insurance profile of contingent workers and their dependents; 2) develop a set of health benefit questions for a planned national survey of workers; and 3) profile the health insurance practices of large companies and industries most likely to rely on temporary labor. The U.S. Department of Labor will cofund the new survey.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Iowa Policy Project
Principal Investigator:
Peter Fisher, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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