Health Insurance Policy

Many Small-Business Employees May Be Close to Losing Health Insurance

A health insurance crisis may be looming for employees of small businesses, with many firms struggling to cover their share of these costs, new research from Harvard Business School finds.

Nearly one-third of employers surveyed weren’t sure they could pay premiums beyond August 15, 2020, write HBS faculty members Leemore S. Dafny, Zoë B. Cullen, Christopher T. Stanton, and doctoral student Yin Wei Soon. Their paper was published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst.

“Absent additional relief—and soon—providers and policymakers should expect much greater disruption in insurance coverage going forward,” the authors write.

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