What a $15 minimum wage could mean for population health

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What a $15 minimum wage could mean for population health

Listen to Rob Lott and Jeff Byers discuss how raising the minimum wage could impact health.
February 19, 2021

What a $15 minimum wage could mean for population health

The minimum wage hasn’t been raised since its last adjustment in 2009. Now, as the federal government is drafting a COVID-19 stimulus package, it looks that gradually raising the minimum wage is on the table to be included.

This week, President Joe Biden stated he supported raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But what are the health implications for raising the minimum wage? More money could mean an increased ability to purchase health coverage…or unhealthy food. But these aren’t binary decisions and the research is still evolving for how increased minimum wages affect our health.

Listen to Health Affairs’ Rob Lott and Jeff Byers discuss what’s happening with the $15 minimum wage proposal, what it could mean for population health, and what’s next.

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