The Foundation's Health Tracking initiative was designed to support efforts to understand better health system changes and how these changes affect people.RAND received an earlier grant to develop and implement the employer-based health insurance component of Health Tracking. Employer-based health insurance is a primary component of American health care financing, covering most of the population. However, this system has been eroding in recent years, with roughly 100,000 fewer persons covered each month. There has been a great deal of public policy activity to shore up employment-based coverage, particularly in the small group market. Employers have also responded with aggressive cost containment programs. These efforts are largely responsible for the dramatic health systems changes now underway. Through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of survey data, major trends in employment-based health insurance will be documented. Research Triangle Institute was awarded this contract to collect information on whether health insurance is offered, coverage type (e.g., HMO), premiums, scope of benefits, deductibles and copayments, options and choice among health plans, characteristics of firms (e.g., size, industry), characteristics of employees (e.g., wages, full/part time), and employer cost control strategies.
Amount Awarded $2,600,062.00
Awarded on: 4/18/1996
Time frame: 4/17/1996 - 9/15/1997
Grant Number: 29533