Group health insurance in Houston under
scrutiny as Americans refuse to return t
Houston group health insurance
might be in trouble if not enough
companies are offering it to entice
unemployed Americans to give up
unemployment benefits, including
Medicaid, and return to work.
According to multiple outlets,
Maryland’s economy has
added 3,800 jobs since April,
yet the state’s unemployment
rate remained at 6.2%.
unemployment rate remains
at 6.1% and does not include
those who have stopped
looking for work.
Why is this? Well, many people
are saying that the jobs that are
being offered right now do not
offer health insurance, including
group health insurance in
On top of that, enhanced
unemployment benefits meant to
tie unemployed workers over
through the COVID-19 pandemic
are too sweet of a deal to pass up
just to return to work.
But those aren’t the only
reasons, some say.
According to Howard County Chamber of
Commerce President and CEO Leonardo
McClarty, who was quoted recently by
marylandreporter.com, “Covid has caused
deep reflection and for some, this means a
change in career or at least a change in a
For others the issue is childcare.
The impact of virtual schooling
cannot be understated and for many,
it is hard to return to a job if you
don’t have adequate childcare or if
your school-age children are home.
I like to think that some things
will change by fall as kids
return to school and we have
more traditional school days.”
Unemployment benefit recipients are
also eligible for subsidies and cost
sharing reductions during 2021 that
will undoubtedly add more benefits,
and Americans are also
overwhelmingly in support of the
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