Do Health Insurance Reforms Boost Demand for Older Workers by SES?
The brief’s key findings are:
- In the 1990s, most states adopted policies limiting the ability of health insurers to charge higher premiums for older workers in small firms.
- The question is whether these changes made such workers more attractive to employers.
- The analysis suggests the changes had little effect for older workers in small firms:
- their earnings did improve, relative to those in larger firms, but by no more than for their younger colleagues; and
- their employment did not increase at all.
- These results suggest that more direct measures may be needed to boost demand for older workers.