The Difficult Job of Making Sure Federal Workers Get Equivalent Health Benefits

Planning conference on evaluation of parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Package

In 2000, Health Systems Research conducted a one-day conference to identify key questions involved in evaluating the effects of introducing parity in mental health services coverage and traditional medical care coverage for beneficiaries of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Recent changes in federal law require health plans participating in the Employees Health Benefits Program to offer equivalent coverage for mental health services and traditional medical care with regard to deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and day and visit limitations.

Health Systems Research is health research firm acquired by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Altarum in 2006.

Key Results

  • The conference, "Assessing Parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program," was held in Arlington, Va., on April 3, 2000. Attendees included more than 100 federal policy makers, health plan representatives, researchers, health care providers, foundation representatives and consumers.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $72,523.

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