Low-wage workers offered health insurance by their employers are largely rejecting that option, according to a report in the New York Times.
According to the Times, most of the progress in reducing the number of unemployed Americans has been made through Medicaid expansion and subsidies offered through the federal and state health exchanges. As small businesses begin to be required to offer their workers unsubsidized insurance, however, they are finding that most of their lower-wage employees are rejecting the offer. As a result, 7.5 million people last year paid the Affordable Care Act fine for failing to obtain health insurance.
A review of the profile of those who choose not to purchase employer-sponsored health insurance found that workers who earn between $15,000 and $20,000 a year purchase insurance only 37 percent of the time and that only when income rises to $45,000 does the health insurance purchase rate increase significantly.
For more information about who is and is not buying employer-sponsored health insurance and why, see this New York Times article.