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Examining Hispanic, White Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Gap

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Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

"Why Do Hispanics Have So Little Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?" Center for Studying Health System Change:The study examines the reasons why Hispanics, despite their increasingpopulation in the U.S., are less likely to have employer-sponsoredhealth coverage than whites. The report -- by James Reschovsky, seniorHSC researcher; Jack Hadley, visiting HSC fellow and a George Mason University professor; and Len Nichols, director of the New America Foundation'shealth policy program -- analyzed data from HSC's nationallyrepresentative Community Tracking Study Household Survey. Researchersfound that poor education, lack of citizenship and the inability tospeak English all contributed to Hispanics having lower-paying jobs andfewer jobs that offer health coverage. English-speaking Hispanics aremore likely than Spanish-speaking Hispanics to have employer-sponsoredhealth coverage similar to that of whites, according to the study.Researchers also found that Spanish-speaking Hispanics are less likelyto accept health coverage when it is offered. The researchers notedthat the findings "suggest that an important policy lever for closingthe employer-sponsored insurance coverage gap is to increase Hispanicworkers' human capital through both job and English language training"(HSC release, 11/8).

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