Forum Session

Focus on Reform: Employer-Sponsored Insurance
September 17, 2010


Kathryn Linehan


This National Health Policy Forum "Focus on Reform" session is the seventh in the series. Employer-sponsored insurance plays a central role in ensuring Americans have health insurance coverage. This briefing examined key features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—such as employer requirements and penalties, grandfathered plans, employer reporting requirements, the establishment of insurance exchanges in 2014, and tax credits for small employers—that affect employer-sponsored insurance, employers, and workers.


Bernadette Fernandez, Specialist in Health Care Financing, Domestic Social Policy Division, Congressional Research Service; Hinda Chaikind, Acting Section Research Manager, Congressional Research Service; Linda Blumberg, PhD, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute; Mark Hall, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health, School of Law and School of Medicine, Wake Forest University; Tracy Watts, Principal, Mercer Human Resource Consulting

Slides from the presentation by Ms. Fernandez and Ms Chaikind are available for download.

Related Materials

The Insurance Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-Insurance Component), conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, provides an alternative source of data on employer-sponsored coverage and offer rates of health insurance. See

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