Health insurance cost control (71 - 80 of 170 items)
Health Financing and Systems Issues: Issue Area Plan for Fiscal Years 1999-2001
IAP-98-13: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its Health Financing and Systems issue area plan for fiscal years 1999-2001.GAO plans to examine: (1) how effectively the Health Care Financing Administration is managing Medicare's fee-for-service and managed care components--particularly the implementation of recent legislative reforms; (2) how payment and pricing reforms will be implemented and what effect they might...
Implementation of HIPAA: State-Designed Mechanisms for Group-to-Individual Portability
HEHS-98-161R: Published: May 20, 1998. Publicly Released: May 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on alternative state approaches to implementing the group-to-individual portability provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).GAO noted that: (1) most states include as part of their alternative mechanisms regulations of premium rates, a requirement for risk spreading, or a subsidy; (2) designe...
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...
Health Insurance Standards: New Federal Law Creates Challenges for Consumers, Insurers, Regulators
HEHS-98-67: Published: Feb 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), focusing on issues affecting: (1) consumers; (2) issuers of health coverage, including employers and insurance carriers; (3) state insurance regulators; and (4) federal regulators. GAO also reviewed efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address some of the co...
Retiree Health Insurance: Erosion in Retiree Health Benefits Offered by Large Employers
T-HEHS-98-110: Published: Mar 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1998.
GAO discussed the erosion in employer-based health benefits for retirees, especially early retirees, focusing on: (1) trends in access to employer-sponsored retiree health benefits; (2) the impact on retirees of an employer's decision to terminate health benefits; and (3) federal safeguards that protect the rights of retirees who have health benefits.GAO noted that: (1) retiree access to and parti...
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...
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...
Employment-Based Health Insurance: Costs Increase and Family Coverage Decreases
HEHS-97-35: Published: Feb 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the decline in employment-based health insurance, focusing on: (1) recent trends in employment-based private health insurance, particularly for family coverage; (2) any corresponding changes in the number of adults and children with private insurance coverage as dependents; and (3) the potential effect of these changes, if any, on pu...
Health Insurance Regulation: Varying State Requirements Affect Cost of Insurance
HEHS-96-161: Published: Aug 19, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of state health insurance requirements, focusing on: (1) premium taxes on insured health plans; (2) mandated health benefits; (3) financial solvency standards; and (4) state health insurance reforms affecting small employers.GAO found that: (1) state health insurance regulation imposes requirements and costs on third-party...