The ongoing health care reform discussion has highlighted the problems of insuring small group employees. Several state and private initiatives have attempted to address some of these problems through the formation of voluntary small group purchasing arrangements. This article uses data from one such initiative, Health Care Group of Arizona (HCGA), to describe the income, health status, and prior insurance of small group employees who enrolled in prepaid health plans through HCGA. It also compares employee enrollees to nonenrollees along these dimensions. The findings suggest that HCGA enrollees had relatively low incomes and that about three-quarters were without health insurance prior to enrollment. Higher income employee enrollees were more likely to report health conditions at enrollment even after controlling for other factors including age. Enrollees were less likely than nonenrollees to have prior health insurance but were more likely to be drawn from lower income groups and to report recent health conditions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of health care for the poor and underserved|
|State||Published - May 1996|