Monday, October 24, 2005

monday health stats

I did some more research after all my smart commentors took issue with the graphs from last week. Here's Kaiser's answer:
Changes in the private market impact the cost-effectiveness of premium assistance programs. Recently, there have been sharp increases in private coverage premiums, and private market costs have been increasing more rapidly than Medicaid on a per-capita basis. If private premiums continue to increase faster than Medicaid, and workers are asked to share a larger percentage of the growing cost, the calculation of whether it is cost-effective for states to buy families into private coverage becomes less and less favorable. States can limit their costs by capping their subsidies, but this shifts the risk of added costs to enrollees.
I think the experts do a better job proving my point.

In other news, anyone know some good articles/sources for Plan B (aka the topic of my next health care column)

2 Comments:

At 10/24/2005 2:32 PM, Anonymous Martin said...

Kate,

lots of good references from this review article: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040815/707.html

Martin

 
At 10/24/2005 2:52 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Martin --

thanks for the link! I will definitely use it

 

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