Health Issue Briefs

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)
Medicare Steering Committee annual issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition. (April 30, 2007)
Small Group Market Task Force issue brief describing the types of medical insurance pools, highlighting issues that are fundamental to pooling, and illustrating how changes within a multiple small-employer pool would affect medical costs. The issue brief also describes different rating methods and examines the potential effects of introducing a new rating mechanism in an existing insurance market. (September 30, 2006)
Uninsured Subgroup updated issue brief providing insights on the fundamental questions facing policy-makers and health coverage sponsors, such as: What is health insurance coverage? What are ways to provide health care for the uninsured? What are the roles of individuals, employers, and government in health care financing? (December 31, 2005)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief exploring definitions and measures of health care quality and examining the pay for performance approach to rewarding improvements in quality, particularly in the Medicare program. (October 1, 2005)