Study of the effects of high-deductible health plans on families with chronic conditions

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.This research will address the critical gap in information about the wider impact of high deductibles on children and families with chronic conditions. It is planned to use existing health plan claims data to answer the following research questions: (1) how does enrollment in HDHPs affect use of needed health care services for children relative to traditional plans, particularly those with chronic conditions; (2) what are the effects of having a child or parent with a chronic condition on the use of needed health care by other family members under HDHPs relative to traditional plans; and (3) how does enrollment in HDHPs affect family-level health care use and out-of-pocket costs for families with chronic conditions relative to traditional plans? Additionally, a study will be conducted of parents to gain the perspective of families in answering the following research question: what are the effects of HDHPs on family health care decision-making strategies, interfamilial tradeoffs and financial burden for families with chronic conditions, and how are these family health care decision making strategies associated with use of needed services for families in HDHPs relative to traditional plans?

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $403,958.00

Awarded on: 1/11/2007

Time frame: 2/1/2007 - 12/31/2009

Grant Number: 60141


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc.

93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, 02148-3609


Alison A. Galbraith
Project Director