Expanding Health Care Coverage

Grantee Name

National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Publication Date

May 2012

Grant Amount

$200,000

Grant Date:

August 1, 2009–January 19, 2011

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Private, employer-sponsored health insurance is the main pillar of the health coverage system in New York State, as it is in the rest of the nation.

In both New York and the United States, nearly 60% of the nonelderly population relies on employer-sponsored insurance. However, national data reveal steady erosion in this foundation over the last decade. Fewer firms are offering insurance to their employees. With NYHealth’s support, in 2009 the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago examined job-based insurance and uninsured New Yorkers under the age of 65. This data enabled NYHealth to report a deeper understanding on various trends associated with cost and coverage of employer health benefits, and also provided policymakers with reasons behind these trends.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Conducted telephone interviews and collected data from 805 randomly selected New York private and public employers about the health benefits they offered (or did not offer) to their workforce.
  • Fielded a survey that covered the characteristics of firms offering coverage, the reasons why firms do not offer health insurance, monthly premium rates for individual and family coverage, covered benefits and cost-sharing arrangements, eligibility rules and participation rates among eligible workers, prescription drug coverage, and selected views of employee benefit managers regarding public policy issues.
  • Prepared an analysis-ready database and a public-use file, cross-tabs of survey questions, and an NYHealth-funded final report published in November 2010, “Decade of Decline: A Survey of Employer Health Insurance Coverage in New York State.”

Read the report associated with this grant, “Decade of Decline: A Survey of Employer Health Insurance Coverage in New York State.”