Plan Benefit Design Dataset


Plan Benefit Design refers to the decisions and choices that states have made regarding the design, layout, and functionality of exchange websites.

Examples include how the exchange displays quality rating, whether or not the website is available in alternative languages, and if the exchange displays potential physicians and drugs for consumers. This also includes whether or not the website allows consumers to sort plans by metal tier, insurance carrier, and/or quality rating. The Plan Benefit Design Dataset, along with the Regulation of Choice Architecture dataset and a forthcoming Navigators and Brokers Dataset, is part of a group of datasets that examine choice architecture on the web portals.


Funding for HIX 2.0, and the Plan Benefit Design Dataset, was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Note: If you are using the Plan Benefit Design Dataset for research purposes please cite the dataset as follows: Baker, T.; Town, R. (2014): Health Insurance Exchanges 2.0 Dataset. Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

The Plan Benefit Design Dataset was last updated on 6/18/14.

The creation of the datasets is a work in progress. We welcome your suggestions. Please contact Gabbie Nirenburg at with any questions, comments, or ideas for improvement in the datasets. The datasets are regularly updated and we will attempt to incorporate your comments.