Employers could push sickest workers to HIEs, study finds

11/30/2011 | Kaiser Health News

Under the federal health care overhaul, employers could limit specialist coverage, raise co-pays and take other measures designed to push workers with chronic health problems out of company-sponsored health insurance, a study by two University of Minnesota law professors found. While large employers might not eliminate health insurance altogether, they could exploit loopholes that let them recast their coverage to discourage the sickest employees from using it, leading those workers to buy coverage on state-run health insurance exchanges, the study says.

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