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Issue 53, Mar 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance in Construction

With its rapid turnover, high rates of uninsured and unusual concentration of multiemployer health insurance plans, the construction industry is one of the most complex health insurance markets in our nation. The effects of the 2009 Affordable Care Act are only gradually becoming clear for employers and workers in the building trades. In a recent Quarterly Data Report, CPWR researchers reviewed government survey data to describe the Act's effects so far.

There are some positive findings to report. In the five years following the ACA's passage, the uninsured share of the construction workforce dropped from 35% to 25%, and construction workers reported that it was easier to find and purchase insurance coverage than it was before. However,  construction still suffers from the highest rates of uninsured of any major industry. Moreover, the share of workers enjoying employment-based insurance remains unchanged; it appears that most of the newly insured workers either paid out of their own pocket or acquired coverage through the medicaid expansion.

For the full story, visit CPWR's Impact of the Affordable Care Act.

CPWR Small Study Program Accepting Proposals

Do you have a promising idea for a construction safety or health research project? The Small Study Program provides grants of up to $30,000 to fund new and interesting research proposals. To see a list of priority research areas, learn details of the program, and to apply, CLICK HERE.

Pete Stafford
Executive Director

March 17th @ 2:00pm (ET), 45 min. -- The CPWR Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training course introduces construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities, to critical safety leadership skills and provides specific actions they can take to be an effective safety leader and improve jobsite safety climate. Presenters will explain safety leadership and share two animated video scenarios illustrating application of safety leadership skills on the job. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars

Toward responsible development and effective risk management of nano-enabled products in the U.S. construction industry. Gavin H. West, Bruce E. Lippy, Michael R. Cooper, Daniel Marsick, Leonard G. Burrelli, Kelsey N. Griffin, and Alan M. Segrave. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, February 2016.

An analysis of permanent work disability among construction sheet metal workers. Gavin H. West, Jaime Dawson, Claire Teitelbaum, Rebecca Novello, Katherine Hunting, and Laura S. Welch. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, January 2016 (published online ahead of print)

Economic consequences of workplace injuries in the United States: Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Xiuwen Sue Dong, Xuanwen Wang, Julie A. Largay, and Rosemary Sokas. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, February 2016.





CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by North America's Building Trades Unions, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the ten million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!