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Private Health Insurance: Number and Market Share of Carriers in the Small Group Health Insurance Market
GAO-02-536R: Published: Mar 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
GAO reviewed the small group health insurance market to identify the number of licensed carriers, the largest carriers, and their market share in each state. GAO found that (1) the median number of licensed carriers in the small group market per state was 28, (2) the median market share of the largest carrier was about 33 percent, (3) the five largest carriers, when combined, represented three-qua...
Retiree Health Benefits: Employer-Sponsored Benefits May Be Vulnerable to Further Erosion
GAO-01-374: Published: May 1, 2001. Publicly Released: May 31, 2001.
In 1999, nearly 10 million retired people aged 55 or older relied on employer-sponsored health insurance as either their primary source of coverage or as a supplement to their Medicare coverage. Some of these persons are concerned about the continued availability of employer-sponsored coverage. Premium increases and forecasts for a potential economic slowdown could further erode employer-sponsored...
Private Health Insurance: Federal Role in Enforcing New Standards Continues to Evolve
GAO-01-652R: Published: May 7, 2001. Publicly Released: May 7, 2001.
In recent years, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and three subsequent laws that create new federal standards for private health insurance which covers nearly 175 million Americans under the age of 65. These laws include standards guaranteeing access to health insurance for small employers and individuals with existing health conditions as well as req...
Health Insurance: Characteristics and Trends in the Uninsured Population
GAO-01-507T: Published: Mar 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2001.
More than one in six nonelderly Americans are uninsured today. The lack of insurance coverage does not affect all Americans equally, varying widely among demographic groups as well as geographically. An estimated 42.1 million Americans were uninsured in 1999, which is down from 43.9 million in 1998. Although the decline in the number of uninsured is welcome news, it is too early to know whether th...
Office of Personnel Management: Health Insurance Premium Conversion
OGC-00-53: Published: Aug 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) new rule on health insurance premium conversion. GAO noted that: (1) the interim rule enables federal employees to pay Federal Employees Health Benefits premiums with pre-tax dollars, as provided by statutory law; and (2) OPM complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule...
Mental Health Parity Act: Despite New Federal Standards, Mental Health Benefits Remain Limited
HEHS-00-95: Published: May 10, 2000. Publicly Released: May 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, focusing on the: (1) extent to which employers comply with the law and how they have revised their health plans; (2) law's effect on claims costs; and (3) steps federal agencies have taken to ensure compliance with the law.GAO noted that: (1) 86 percent of the responding employers in the 2...
Mental Health Parity Act: Employers' Mental Health Benefits Remain Limited Despite New Federal Standards
T-HEHS-00-113: Published: May 18, 2000. Publicly Released: May 18, 2000.
GAO discussed the implementation and effects of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, focusing on: (1) employers' compliance with the law and the changes they have made to their health benefit plans, (2) what is known about the costs of complying with the law, and (3) the oversight roles of the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) in enforcing this law.GAO noted that: (1)...
Federal Employees' Health Program: Reasons Why HMOs Withdrew in 1999 and 2000
GGD-00-100: Published: May 2, 2000. Publicly Released: May 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the withdrawal of health maintenance organizations (HMO) from the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), focusing on: (1) changes in the number of HMOs participating in FEHBP from plan years 1994 to 2000; (2) reasons why HMOs withdrew from FEHBP in plan years 1999 and 2000; and (3) FEHBP enrollment experiences for HMOs t...
Private Health Insurance: Potential Tax Benefit of a Health Insurance Deduction Proposed in H.R. 2990
HEHS-00-104R: Published: Apr 21, 2000. Publicly Released: May 2, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential tax benefit individuals could receive as a result of a health insurance tax deduction proposed in H.R. 2990, focusing on: (1) GAO's estimation of both the number of people who would potentially be eligible for a tax deduction under this proposal; and (2) the potential value of such a deduction.GAO noted that: (1) had H...
Private Health Insurance: Cooperatives Offer Small Employers Plan Choice and Market Prices
HEHS-00-49: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: May 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed small employer health insurance purchasing cooperatives, focusing on: (1) a bill that would establish Healthmarts; (2) studies of small employer purchasing cooperatives and the small group market; (3) GAO's interviews with health policy association officials and experts; and (4) experiences of five small employer health purchasing cooperatives.GAO...