In a list of “worst of the worst” employers in the U.S., only two employers made the cut for a story in Newsweek, which has recently expanded its coverage of the private health insurance industry.
The two were UCHealth, which recently came under fire after admitting that nearly half of its employees were not eligible for the Affordable Care Act’s employer-provided health insurance, and its parent company, Anthem, which is also under fire for what some are calling its “greed” for health care coverage.UCHealth is the largest health insurer in the country, covering nearly 7 million people.
Anthem has more than 4.3 million employees, according to the company’s website.UC Health’s “worst employer” was also a private company that had recently been hit with a class-action lawsuit for allegedly misrepresenting its health care benefits.
That class-actions lawsuit is still pending.
In a recent article published in Newsweek on Monday, Newsweek reporter Elizabeth O’Donnell noted that Anthem was not listed among the “worst” employers for health insurance coverage.
According to O’Brien, a survey of 2,000 private health care providers found that “at least two-thirds of private health providers would cover most or all of their employees in an emergency, and at least half would cover at least part of their staff in an uninsured state.”
In addition, an analysis of data from the U,S.
Census Bureau found that private employers have paid out more than $2 trillion in health care premiums since 2010, with private insurers providing nearly half the coverage.
“We’ve never had such a wide gap between employer and employee,” O’Connell said in an interview.
“You can’t have it both ways.”
She added that her article had been a catalyst for “the entire private health sector to get out of the ‘worse than nothing’ category.”
We are just the tip of the iceberg”For O’Neal, who has worked for Newsweek since 2010 as an assistant managing editor, “we’re just the beginning of the story.””
There are a lot of companies in the private sector that are just going to keep on trying to push us further,” she said.