Health care cost control (71 - 80 of 128 items)
Federal Health Benefits Program: Analysis of Contingency and Special Reserves
GGD-93-26: Published: Dec 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the financial soundness of proposed changes to reserve requirements of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).GAO found that: (1) the total combined reserve balance fluctuated widely; (2) at various times the reserve balance was at levels that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) considered to be excessive or dangerously low; (3...
High Risk Series: Medicare Claims
HR-93-6: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
GAO provided information on the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) management of the Medicare Program and whether insufficient funding exposes the program to unnecessary loss through waste, fraud, and abuse.GAO found that: (1) Medicare losses resulting from fraud, waste, and abuse could total 10 percent of the nation's total health care costs; (2) HCFA relies on contractors to process M...
Employer-Based Health Insurance: High Costs, Wide Variation Threaten System
HRD-92-125: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on business health insurance cost burdens and employers that are particularly vulnerable to the escalation of health insurance costs, focusing on: (1) various employers' health benefits costs; and (2) factors contributing to the cost differences among employers.GAO found that: (1) from 1987 to 1990, business health spending has grown at...
State Health Care Reform: Federal Requirements Influence State Reforms
T-HRD-92-55: Published: Sep 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1992.
GAO discussed its report on states' responses to the growing crisis in health care access, focusing on: (1) states' initiatives to expand accessibility and affordability of the health care system; and (2) needed changes in federal law to facilitate innovative health care reform. GAO noted that: (1) most states have focused on expanding access to health care services, such as mandating universal co...
Canadian Health Insurance: Estimating Costs and Savings for the United States
HRD-92-83: Published: Apr 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the methodology it used to derive estimates of the difference between the current level of U.S. health care expenditures and the cost of having a new program with key elements of a Canadian-style system.GAO noted that: (1) in Canada, each provincial plan provides for universal insurance coverage with no deductibles or copayments, con...
Access to Health Care: States Respond to Growing Crisis
HRD-92-70: Published: Jun 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state initiatives concerning health care access and affordability, and federal barriers which limit states' progress toward achieving universal health care.GAO found that: (1) states have moved decisively to devise plans to expand access to health insurance and control increases in health costs, but have been hindered by the restrict...
Long-Term Care Insurance: Actions Needed to Reduce Risks to Consumers
T-HRD-92-44: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed its recent studies of long-term care insurance. GAO noted that: (1) many consumers are vulnerable to considerable risks in purchasing long-term care insurance because states have not adopted optional standards drafted by a national insurance industry association; (2) insurance companies have adopted the standards more quickly than states, but most policies reviewed did not meet the s...
Health Care: Problems and Potential Lessons for Reform
T-HRD-92-23: Published: Mar 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1992.
GAO discussed the U.S. health care system's problems and potential for reform. GAO noted that: (1) there is a growing consensus that the health care system needs change, particularly to address rapidly growing health care costs and access to care problems; (2) between 1980 and 1990, health care costs rose from 9.1 to 12.2 percent of the gross national product, and is projected to increase to over...
Small Group Market Reforms
HRD-92-27R: Published: Mar 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state-level small group health insurance market reforms. GAO found that: (1) states have legislated such regulatory reforms as limiting rating practices and restricting premium prices, mandating that insurance companies cover all persons in an insured group, requiring continuation of coverage for those already insured, and requiring...
Canadian Health Insurance
HRD-92-20R: Published: Feb 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO responded to a January 1992 briefing paper that criticized an earlier GAO report on Canadian health insurance claiming that GAO overstated administrative savings and understated the additional costs of adopting a Canadian-style health insurance system. GAO noted that: (1) estimates in its report and the briefing paper were not comparable because of the d...