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June 1995, Vol. 118, No. 6
William J. Wiatrowski
T wo seemingly contradictory facts underlie the relationship between health care benefits and employment. Among nonelderly persons, employers are the most prevalent source of health care benefits. Yet, among those not covered, a large proportion are employed. These facts tend to place the links between employment and health coverage under close scrutiny during debates on health care reform.
Employer-provided health care plans have been the source of health care coverage for many employees and their families since World War II, but several limits on coverage and other restrictions exist.1 This article explores the relationship between employer-provided health care benefits and the work force, concentrating on answers to the following questions:
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1 For more information on the history of employer-provided health care coverage, see Laura A. Scofea, "The development and growth of employer-provided health insurance," Monthly Labor Review, March 1994, pp. 3-10.
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