Are California's Large Employers Moving To Catastrophic Health Insurance Coverage?

Maxwell, James; Temin, Peter; Zaman, Saminaz; Petigara, Tanaz
January 2005
Health Affairs;Jan-Jun2005 Supplement Web Exclusiv, Vol. 24, p233
Academic Journal
Large employers in California are experimenting with new health benefit and insurance options as premium rates continue to escalate. This study examines the offer and penetration rates of catastrophic coverage insurance products, including high-deductible PPO and consumer-driven health plans, among large California employers before the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 was passed. Only a few employers offered these plans, and they did not provide adequate incentives for their workers to accept California employers, like the rest of the nation, implemented these plans as alternatives rather than replacements to their current plan choices.


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