Dates of Project: 1996 to 2003
Field of Work: Studying effects of changes in the health system on employer-based coverage in the 1990s
Problem Synopsis: Employment-based health insurance is the major private driver of what happens to people in terms of their health and health care. That coverage is influenced by many private and public sector developments—including the growth of managed care, changes in taxation policy and public coverage options.
Synopsis of the Work: RAND Corporation researchers surveyed more than 22,000 public and private employers in 1997 asking about the structure, benefits and costs of their health plans, and published some 20 peer-reviewed journal articles describing trends and variation across communities. Findings supported the work of two RWJF national programs, the Health Tracking Initiative and the State Coverage Initiatives.
Key Findings: According to RAND’s published findings: