Webinar: The Impact of Benefit Design on Coverage Expansion

    • March 21, 2011

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (EDT)

On Wednesday, March 23, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) program will host a webinar examining the influence of benefit design on coverage expansion initiatives. Current benefit designs that simply rely on higher, one-size fits-all, patient cost-sharing have limited potential to curb rising health care costs and promote healthy behaviors, but innovative approaches to benefit design can have a positive impact on insurance coverage and utilization of care.

Genevieve Kenney, Ph.D., M.A., senior fellow and health economist at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., will discuss the findings from her study of Medicaid policy changes in Idaho and Kentucky—including the impact such changes had on children’s utilization of preventative care. Joining her will be Edward Miller, Ph.D., M.P.A., associate professor of Gerontology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, who will present his analysis of coverage take-up in Rhode Island’s HEALTHpact initiative, which aimed to stimulate coverage in the state’s small group market.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Lynn Blewett, Ph.D., director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center, will moderate, and there will be ample time for participants’ questions.