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Research Letter
April 23, 2020

Staying at One’s Job to Maintain Employer-Based Health Insurance Among Cancer Survivors and Their Spouses/Partners

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 3American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 4US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Oncol. Published online April 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0742

Many cancer survivors experience challenges related to employment, including limitations in ability to work.1 Given that most health insurance coverage for working-age individuals in the US is employer-based, a challenge is the inability to freely leave a job given limitations on health insurance portability, also called job lock.2 Job lock can negatively affect career trajectory and quality of life.3 Likewise, spouse/partner job lock can also affect family well-being.4 We examined job lock prevalence among cancer survivors and their spouses/partners and associated factors in the US.

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