The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed tragic shortcomings in California’s preparedness for infrequent but catastrophic public health threats. This failure has caused serious health consequences—in addition to being financially myopic. One specific type of prevention investment that is widely recognized to be crucial is the stockpiling of personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential workers.
Graduate Student Researcher
Kevin Lee is a DrPH student whose research interest focuses on better operationalizing structural discrimination by examining the impacts of immigration and labor policy on immigrant worker health. Kevin has been working at the Labor Center’s Health Care Program for the past year conducting quantitative analyses on the rising costs of employer-sponsored health coverage, and more recently, on health coverage changes among workers in light of COVID-19. He received both his BA in Ethnic Studies and Psychology and MPH in Health and Social Behavior from UC Berkeley. Kevin is working with the Labor Center’s health team, and has contributed to the blog series Rising Health Care Costs in California: A Worker Issue.
Many California workers are at risk of losing their job-based health coverage when they lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this data brief, we examine which types of health insurance, if any, the workers most at risk of job loss had prior to this crisis. We use this analysis to inform our estimate that for every 100,000 California workers losing their jobs due to the pandemic, up to 67,000 workers, spouses, and children are at risk of losing job-based coverage.
High out-of-pocket costs contribute to poor access to care and financial hardships for California workers
This is the sixth post in the Labor Center’s blog series “Rising Health Care Costs in California: A Worker Issue.” In our last post, we explored the challenges associated with…
Job-based coverage is less common among workers who are Black or Latino, low-wage, immigrants, and young adults
This is the third post in the Labor Center’s blog series “Rising Health Care Costs in California: A Worker Issue.” Job-based coverage remains the most common form of health coverage…
This is the second post in the Labor Center’s blog series “Rising Health Care Costs in California: A Worker Issue.” While our blog series will primarily focus on Californians with…