Massachusetts Health Reform

Employer Coverage from Employees' Perspective

The national health reform debate continues to draw on Massachusetts' 2006 reform initiative, with a focus on sustaining employer-sponsored insurance.

This study provides an update on employers' responses under health reform in fall 2008, using data from surveys of working-age adults.

Results show that concerns about employers' dropping coverage or scaling back benefits under health reform have not been realized. Access to employer coverage has increased, as has the scope and quality of their coverage as assessed by workers. However, premiums and out-of-pocket costs have become more of an issue for employees in small firms.