Employee medical benefits (41 - 50 of 119 items)
Private Health Insurance: Declining Employer Coverage May Affect Access for 55- to 64-Year-Olds
HEHS-98-133: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the ability of Americans aged 55 to 64 to obtain health benefits through the private market--either employer-based or individually purchased, focusing on the near elderly's: (1) health, employment, income, and health insurance status; (2) ability to obtain employer-based health insurance if they retire before they are eligible for Medicare; and (3)...
Consumer Health Care Information: Many Quality Commission Disclosure Recommendations Are Not Current Practice
HEHS-98-137: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: May 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry's recommendations for improving information disclosure, focusing on the: (1) Commission's recommendations regarding information to be provided to consumers and comparing them with the information currently provided to employees of large public and private health...
Health Insurance Standards: Implications of New Federal Law for Consumers, Insurers, Regulators
T-HEHS-98-114: Published: Mar 19, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the implementation of the private insurance market provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).GAO noted that: (1) although HIPAA gives people losing coverage a guarantee of access to coverage in the individual market, consumers attempting to exercise this right have been hindered in some states by carrier...
Medical Savings Accounts: Findings From Insurer Survey
HEHS-98-57: Published: Dec 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO competitively awarded four contracts to study Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), including consumer choice and the scope of high-deductible plans purchased in conjunction with MSAs.GAO noted that the: (1) first phase of the study has been completed and is included in this report; and (2) final report of the MSA study will be submitted, as provided in the law...
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996: Early Implementation Concerns
HEHS-97-200R: Published: Sep 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided preliminary information on emerging Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) implementation issues, focusing on the extent to which market participants may be generating unintended consequences in response to the act.GAO noted that: (1) the issues GAO identified reflect potential problems perceived by market participants during t...
Retiree Health Insurance: Erosion in Employer-Based Health Benefits for Early Retirees
HEHS-97-150: Published: Jul 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined a number of issues related to the private sector's provision of health benefits to retirees, focusing on: (1) available private sector and government surveys of changes in retiree access to and participation in employer-based health coverage; (2) the Pabst Brewing Company health benefit plan in effect during 1996; (3) data from health insurance car...
Private Health Insurance: Continued Erosion of Coverage Linked to Cost Pressures
HEHS-97-122: Published: Jul 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed major trends in the private health insurance market, during the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on: (1) the decline in private health insurance coverage and factors contributing to this decline; (2) trends in health insurance premiums and reasons for these trends; and (3) employer's efforts to control health benefits costs.GAO noted that: (1) private hea...
Health Insurance: Management Strategies Used by Large Employers to Control Costs
HEHS-97-71: Published: May 6, 1997. Publicly Released: May 14, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the strategies of large, innovative purchasers who have attempted to stem the rapid escalation in health insurance costs while maintaining or enhancing the quality of care for their employees.GAO noted that: (1) several dominant themes emerged from GAO's examination of 25 large purchasers' health benefit purchasing strategies: (a) emphasis on the d...
HHS: Individual Market Health Insurance Reform--Portability from Group to Individual Coverage, Federal Rules for Access in the Individual Market, and State Alternative Mechanisms to Federal Rules
OGC-97-38: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) new rule on the portability of individual health insurance from group to individual coverage, access to the individual insurance market, and state alternative mechanisms to federal rules. GAO noted that: (1) the new rule would implement section 111 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accounta...