Childhood cancer survivors face ‘job lock’ to keep insurance
- By Dana Boone
- Nov 01, 2017
Many working adults worry about work-related health insurance, but they don’t let those fears stop them from changing jobs or careers.
But that’s not the case for childhood cancer survivors who are less likely to change jobs for fear of losing their work-related health insurance coverage—a phenomenon called job lock, according to a new national cancer study.
The Childhood Cancer Survivor study in the Journal of American Medical Association Oncology investigated job lock with more than 500 childhood cancer survivors and their siblings.
The study of the full-time workers found:
- Of cancer survivors, 23 percent experienced job lock
- 17 percent of their siblings who had never had cancer experienced job lock
Researchers reported job lock negatively affected their future earnings, career trajectory, and job satisfaction.
Job lock was more common for survivors who had experienced previous health insurance denials and had problems paying medical bills. Female survivors who had serious, disabling, or life-threatening health conditions were more likely to report experiencing job lock, according to the study’s findings.