Health insurance (51 - 60 of 170 items)
Private Health Insurance: Estimates of Effects of Health Insurance Tax Credits and Deductions as Proposed in H.R. 2261
HEHS-99-188R: Published: Sep 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the health insurance tax credit proposed in H.R. 2261 for individuals who purchased private health insurance, focusing on both the number of people who would potentially be eligible for a tax credit or deduction under this proposal and the potential value of these credits and deductions.GAO noted that: (1) if H.R. 2261 had been the l...
Medicare Reform: Ensuring Fiscal Sustainability While Modernizing the Program Will be Challenging
T-HEHS/AIMD-99-294: Published: Sep 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed efforts to reform the administration, structure, and financing of the Medicare program.GAO noted that: (1) in March, the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare completed its deliberations; (2) reform options emerged from these discussions that touched on all aspects of the Medicare program, including: (a) modernization of the traditional...
Medicare Subvention: Challenges and Opportunities Facing a Possible VA Demonstration
T-HEHS/GGD-99-159: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medicare subvention demonstration proposal, focusing on: (1) comparing the 1998 House Ways and Means Committee bill on VA subvention with the Senate Finance Committee proposal; (2) the unique characteristics of VA health care that bear on subvention; and (3) the lessons learned from the design and early impl...
Medicare: Considerations for Adding a Prescription Drug Benefit
T-HEHS-99-153: Published: Jun 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the factors contributing to the growth in prescription drug spending for both the general population and Medicare beneficiaries and efforts to control that growth; and (2) benefit design and implementation issues to be considered in deliberations about adding a new prescription drug benefit to the Medicare Program.GAO noted that: (1) proposal...
Medicare+Choice: Reforms Have Reduced, but Likely Not Eliminated, Excess Plan Payments
HEHS-99-144: Published: Jun 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed concerns surrounding the Balanced Budget Act's (BBA) health plan payment changes, focusing on: (1) the extent to which health plans provide additional benefits and whether they could continue to provide additional benefits if payments were reduced; (2) the evidence regarding managed care's effect on Medicare spending; and (3) whether BBA provisions...
Private Health Insurance: Impact of Premium Increases on Number of Covered Individuals Is Uncertain
T-HEHS-99-147: Published: Jun 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the impact of private health insurance premium increases on the number of covered individuals, focusing on: (1) the trends in employers' decisions to offer insurance and employees' decisions to purchase it; (2) an assessment of recent studies that have estimated the relationship between premium increases and insurance coverage; and (3) conditions...
Private Health Insurance: Progress and Challenges in Implementing 1996 Federal Standards
HEHS-99-100: Published: May 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the implementation status of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provisions in the group insurance market; (2) the price of coverage for certain individuals losing group insurance; (3) the extent of consumer understanding of HIPAA as well as federal, state, and private efforts undertaken to ed...
VA Health Care: Third-Party Charges Based on Sound Methodology; Implementation Challenges Remain
HEHS-99-124: Published: Jun 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) third party charges, focusing on: (1) the soundness of VA's methodology for setting reasonable charges for inpatient facility, skilled nursing, outpatient facility, physician, and nonphysician services; and (2) potential effects of the new charge-based system on VA, insurers, and veterans.GA...
Medicare: Options for Reform
T-HEHS-99-130: Published: May 26, 1999. Publicly Released: May 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed efforts to reform the Medicare program, focusing on: (1) a conceptual framework for considering the various possible combinations of reform options; and (2) lessons about implementing reforms learned from recent Medicare experience.GAO noted that: (1) options to reform Medicare have two major dimensions: (a) expansion of Medicare's benefit package...
Medicare Home Health Agencies: Role of Surety Bonds in Increasing Scrutiny and Reducing Overpayments
HEHS-99-23: Published: Jan 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the surety bond requirements for home health agencies (HHA) participating in Medicare, focusing on: (1) analyzing the key features of surety bonds that affect their costs and effect; (2) examining the Florida Medicaid program's experience with a surety bond requirements for HHAs and its relevance to the Medicare surety bond requirement; (3) review...