U.S. residents who work for small employers may have more access to employer-sponsored health benefits now than they did three years ago.
The analysts looked at responses from adults ages 18 to 64 who participated in the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey from 2013 through March. The analysts classified participants as “workers” if the participants said they were working for pay or were self-employed.
The analysts classified the participants as working for small employers if the participants said their employers had fewer than 50 employees.
Major Affordable Care Act product design rules and underwriting rules took effect in the U.S. group health market in January 2014.
The Urban Institute analysts found that 62 percent of all small-employer workers reported receiving an offer of health coverage in March, up from 60.9 percent in June 2013.
The percentage of large-employer workers who reported receiving offers of coverage stood at 94.1 percent, up slightly from 94 percent in June 2013.
For small-employer workers with family income under 250 percent of the federal poverty level, the coverage offer rate jumped to 44.9 percent over that period, from 42.6 percent. For large-employer workers with low family income, the coverage offer rate increased to 83.4 percent, from 82.7 percent.
Results differ from another study
In the higher-income category, the small-employer coverage offer rate crept up to 80.4 percent, from 80.1 percent. In that higher-income category, large-employer coverage offer rate fell slightly: to 98.6 percent, from 98.7 percent.