This grant supports a crosscutting analysis of the complex American system for providing continued health care coverage and wage replacement to people who lose their connection to work. As the large Baby Boomer generation enters the second half of their work life, they are more likely to lose income and affordable health care from temporary illness, chronic conditions, disability, involuntary job loss, widowhood, and early retirement. The current system relies on employers (for health insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and pensions), states (for workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and Medicaid), and the federal government (for Social Security disability insurance and Medicare). Most analyses focus on one of these systems at a time, but often changes in one system have unintended consequences on others and on the families they serve. The project includes four steps: (1) assess how the current system protects health care access and income for older workers; (2) identify the challenges posed by an aging work force; (3) conduct analysis of specific gaps in the system; and (4) reach consensus findings on promising approaches to address these gaps. The project includes extensive communications activities to maximize its impact.
Amount Awarded $750,000.00
Awarded on: 5/24/1999
Time frame: 6/1/1999 - 11/30/2003
Grant Number: 36622