Health Issue Briefs

Medicare Steering Committee issue brief describing the current payment system, providing an overview of the goals of the Medicare Advantage program and addressing two of the alternative mechanisms (and some variations) for reducing payments to Medicare Advantage plans. (October 1, 2009)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief defining value-based insurance design (VBID), providing an overview of its prevalence, examining barriers to implementation, and reviewing policy considerations. (June 1, 2009)
Medicare Steering Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (May 31, 2009)
Task Force on Genetic Testing in Health Insurance issue brief reviewing the fundamentals of risk selection and risk classification to help policymakers and the public better understand the role that risk classification plays in the voluntary individual health insurance market. (March 1, 2009)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief discussing current assessments of health care quality, the process for incorporating new treatment protocols and technologies into health insurance coverage, and the policy implications of comparative effectiveness research. (September 1, 2008)
Uninsured Work Group issue brief providing comments on the limitations of certain proposals to address the drivers of health spending growth and highlighting those proposals with significant potential. (September 1, 2008)
Uninsured Work Group issue brief discussing the fundamental principles of insurance, whether and how they apply to health coverage plans, and the implications of deviating from those fundamental principles. (July 1, 2008)
Medicare Steering Committee updated annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition. (March 31, 2008)
Consumer Driven Health Plans Work Group issue brief answering several common questions about HSAs, including: what are the different types of consumer driven health plans; who is choosing these types of plans; what impact will they have on health spending growth; and, how will they affect the traditional health insurance market. (October 1, 2007)
Mental Health Parity Work Group updated issue brief providing a description of mental health parity requirements and how group insurance plans have responded to those requirements. The brief also includes a discussion of the cost implications of expanded mental health parity requirements, including the impact on other medical costs. (September 30, 2007)