In light of the interest in health insurance purchasing cooperatives (HPICs) as part of President Clinton's health reform plan, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, conducted a mail and telephone survey of 500 public-sector employers to inventory their health plan purchasing practices and estimate the effect of those practices on premiums.
This information could assist policymakers as they designed and implemented HIPCs under a reformed health system. The project took place between 1993 and 1995.
This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO).
The researchers found that: