Shifting Ground: Changes in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance.
A compilation report prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component and by The Urban Institute using data from the National Health Interview Survey.
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Attitudes of Business Leaders Regarding Health Care Coverage.
Key Findings from a Survey of Small, Medium and Large Businesses; Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, Alexandria, VA (September 2005)
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2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators:
Conditions Placing Children in the South At Risk. The 2004 SBLC meeting was the venue for release of the Southern Institute's third edition of the
Chartbook of Major Indicators: Conditions Placing Children in the South at
Risk. During a press conference in which SBLC members participated, data from
the 2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators were presented to illustrate the
condition of child and family well-being in the South based on five key
categories: economic status, child care, child abuse and neglect, education,
health coverage and health care. Information on programs that are addressing
the needs of children and families also is presented in the publication. The
2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators includes state-by-state information for the
South and data for states outside the southern region.
Click here to access the 2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators.
A Profile of the Southern Economy:
Living Standards, Economic Structure, and Lower Income Workers was prepared for the Southern Institute on Children and Families by the Division of Research at the
University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. Broad economic
indicators generally portray the Southern economy as vibrant and fast growing.
According to measures such as employment growth, personal income growth, and
unemployment rates, the Southern region does perform very well. Yet, these
broad economic indicators do not tell the whole story. Behind this record of
rapid economic growth lies other statistics that portray the South as being
last in the nation in terms of many different measures of living standards.
The purpose of the
executive summary is to synthesize many different types of data to
uncover what the statistics have to say about the Southern economy. The
emphasis is on exploring the underlying factors explaining the South’s lower
level of living standards, developing a profile of lower income workers in the
South, and considering long-term structural changes in the economy that will
affect the future for the Southern economy and its lower income population.
The goal of the
full report is to represent one distillation of the available data for
the purpose of providing a profile of an economy that has made gains, but in
which a large portion of the population continues to face obstacles in
improving material well-being.
Economic Development Strategies to
Promote Quality Child Care is a
report which is part of the larger Cornell University Linking Economic
Development and Child Care Research Project supported by the US Department of
Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Child Care
Bureau research funds and by the US Department of Agriculture Hatch Research
Program administered by Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station. The intent of
this document is two fold: 1) to educate the child care community in the core
concepts of economic development, and 2) to assist the economic development
community to see the connections between their work and the child care sector.
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Child Care and Parent Productivity:
Making the Business Case is a paper
written as part of the Linking Economic Development and Child Care Research
Project of Cornell University outlining that continuous and comprehensive
measurement of human capital initiatives in organizations is an essential
practice of resilient and financially successful organizations. It presents
current research, as well as a comprehensive “5 Step Plan” with example
calculations to help those interested in collecting data on the effectiveness
of work/life initiatives. Please click
here to access a PDF version of this paper.
Study Finds Health Care Costs
Account for a Quarter of U.S. Economic Growth.
Health care spending consumes about one-quarter of the growth in the U.S.
economy, according to a study from the Boston University School of Public
Health's Health Reform Program. Health care spending will increase to $1.9
trillion this year, up $621 billion from 2000. The increase in health care
spending over the past five years accounts for about 24 percent of the expected
increase in the nation's gross domestic product during the same period. The
primary sources of "unnecessary spending" include administrative costs,
insurance industry profits, and high prescription drug and health services
The report also found that U.S.
health spending per person is twice the average spending in Canada, France,
Germany, Italy and Great Britain, all of which guarantee coverage for their
citizens. "Current U.S. spending should be adequate to cover all Americans,"
according to the report, which used data collected by the government and other
researchers. Please click
here to access a PDF version of the report.
Job-Based Health Insurance in the
Balance: Employer Views of Coverage in the Workplace.
Historically, employers have been the primary source of health insurance
coverage for working-age Americans and their dependents. Yet according to a
recent survey of 453 employers, the job-based health system is under stress.
The Commonwealth Fund Supplement to the 2003 National Organizations Study (NOS)
finds that double-digit increases in health insurance premiums led employers to
shift more of their health care costs to employees in 2002–03. But the survey
also finds that most employers who offer health insurance see it as a core part
of their compensation packages—a benefit that improves morale and productivity
and makes it easier to recruit and retain employees. Employers voice strong
support for many recent health reform proposals made by federal and state
policy leaders to expand insurance coverage, including proposals that would
require them to make financial commitments. Please click
to access a PDF version of the report.
Struggling to Make Ends Meet:
Low-Wage Work in America is a study
released in September by Corporate Voices for Working Families, a non-partisan,
non-profit corporate membership organization created to bring the private
sector voice into the public dialogue on issues affecting working families.
Findings from the report indicate there is a widespread concern over the
worsening problem of low-wage work, and that the general voting public and
low-wage workers believe it is critical that corporations and government work
to improve the low-wage crisis – particularly focusing on creating jobs that
can support families and for employers to provide better benefits and job
skills training. To access the executive summary of the report,
click here and
you will be taken to the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.
Banking the Poor: Policies to Bring
Low-Income Americans Into the Financial Mainstream
is a paper prepared for the Brookings Institution, which calls for the
transformation of financial services for the poor. Better access to financial
services is critical for low-income persons seeking to enter the economic
Click here to download a PDF version of this paper.
Making Ends Meet: Six Programs That
Help Working Families and Employers was
developed in 2002 by the Center for Law and Social Policy as a guide for
business leaders and policymakers. The report provides general back-ground on
six work support programs: the Earned Income Tax Credit, child care, Food
Stamps, health care, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child support.
For each work support, the report offers a brief overview description of the
program, information about how it helps promote family financial security and
employment retention and evidence about barriers to participation among
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Unrealized Gains: How Workforce
Organizations Can Put Money in the Pockets of Low-Wage Workers: Social policy continues to emphasize the importance of work, but many working families struggle to make ends
meet. Work supports can be a critical factor in enabling people to make a
successful transition to employment. Packed with tools and resources,
Unrealized Gains will help practitioners make use of work supports: laying the
groundwork with a financial literacy curriculum, creating income packages,
promoting access to work supports through advocacy and keeping graduates on
track with a variety of retention strategies. Readers will come away with a
concrete plan for addressing their participants’ economic security. You may
order a copy of the publication from Public/Private Ventures for $10.00 or
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