Health insurance disparities in traditional and contingent/alternative employment

Shelley White-Means, Joni Hersch

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Abstract

Relative to whites, Hispanics and blacks are less likely to have employer health insurance coverage. We examine whether ethnicity or race affects employment in traditional jobs or in contingent and alternative work arrangements, and whether ethnicity or race affects insurance offer, eligibility, and/or enrollment, conditional on employment sector. Health insurance disparities relative to whites are more pronounced for Hispanics, primarily due to disparities in employment by firms that offer coverage. Eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in offers, eligibility, and takeup would increase insurance coverage rates of Hispanics in traditional jobs and of both Hispanics and blacks in contingent and alternative jobs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-368
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Health(social science)

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Health insurance disparities in traditional and contingent/alternative employment. / White-Means, Shelley; Hersch, Joni.

In: International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Vol. 5, No. 4, 01.12.2005, p. 351-368.

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