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Allowing small businesses and the self-employed to buy health care coverage through public programs

Опубликовано на портале: 27-02-2004
Inquiry - Excellus Health Plan. 2001.  Vol. 38. No. 2. P. 193-195. 
The large number of uninsured working Americans and the extent of public support enjoyed by employment-based health insurance argues for a coverage initiative that fosters access to affordable benefits through employment. A proposal which reflects models in both Massachusetts and Michigan is described: it entails the development of publicly organized and subsidized group health insurance for small firms with low-wage workers. States would provide overall administration and subsidies to both employers and employees. The program would be a legislative extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), with federal financing to participating states at each respective SCHIP rate.
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