Declining Job-Based Health Coverage in the United States and California: A Crisis for Working Families

Report, 63 pp.
January 2006
This report sounds the alarm on the breakdown of job-based health coverage. Providing the full results of the health insurance analysis performed jointly by Working Partnerships USA and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, it finds that employer-based health insurance declined between 2000 and 2004 and is now insuring only 57% of Californians and about 62% of those nationally.  Given the dramatic increases in health care costs, the decline in job-based coverage is expected to further decline, increasing the number of uninsured adults and the number of children enrolled in public programs.
This comprehensive report combines findings from two policy briefs (Falling Apart and Kids At Risk) and details the how the decline in job-based coverage is impacting children and adults differently.
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Read about our health insurance pilot program for working adults

Kids at Risk: Declining Employer-Based Health Coverage in California and the United States: A Crisis for Families

Policy brief, 12 pp.
August 2005
Based on a study by Working Partnerships USA and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, this policy brief highlights how the decline in employer-based health coverage is impacting children.  Due to the increase in premiums, more employers are dropping dependent health care coverage, resulting in an increase in the number of uninsured and children enrolled in public programs.  The study finds that by 2010, less than half of all children will receive health care coverage from a parent’s employer.  Unlike adults, the government is providing a needed life raft for many children, particularly those below 300% of FPL, and in the next five years, 51% of low and middle income children will rely on a public program.
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Read about our children’s health work

Falling Apart: Declining Job-Based Health Coverage for Working Families in California and the United States

Policy brief, 12 pp.
June 2005
This study, undertaken by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Working Partnerships USA, finds that just a bare majority of adults likely will have job-based health insurance by 2010, with middle-income adults facing the sharpest coverage decline and lower-income adults being largely priced out of the market.
Using a model that projects individual and employer response to changes in insurance costs, the report warns that if insurance premiums continue their double-digit annual increases, the problem will get progressively worse for workers ages 19 to 65 in all income categories over the next six years.
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Read about our health insurance pilot program for working adults

Building A Healthy Coyote Valley: A Proposal for Community Health Clinics

Policy brief, 19 pp.
September 2004
Building a Healthy Coyote Valley examines the demand for _health care_ [Link: Focus Areas>Health Care] services in Coyote Valley, a region in South San Jose that when developed will eventually house approximately 70,000 residents.  The report finds that the existing medical services in south Santa Clara County will be insufficient to address expected demand and two health care clinics will be needed to adequately serve the Coyote Valley community.
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Read more about Coyote Valley health clinics

The Children’s Health Initiative Workbook

Handbook, 106 pp.
July 2003
The definitive look at the process leading to the successful implementation of universal health care for Santa Clara county children. The workbook includes both the story of the organizing campaign and a series of useful organizer's notes to facilitate replication. Includes forwards from Dr. David Satcher and Marian Wright Edelman and attachments of related documents.
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Read about efforts to expand the Children’s Health Initiative statewide

Jobs With a Future: Designing Health Care Career Ladders That Work

Report, 45 pp.
July 2004
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Jobs With a Future: The Health Care Industry

Report, 63 pp.
July 2003
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See all reports in the Jobs with a Future series


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