Association Health Plans - Part One: Lowering Small Group Costs
A cornerstone of President Bush's approach to health care reform is the creation of Association Health Plans (AHPs). Intended to control costs and improve access to coverage for small employers and in…
The Case against Mental Health Parity, Part II: Predictable Harms
Advocates of mental health parity propose legislation that would require all private health insurance to establish the same deductibles and co-payments for physical and mental health care services.
Medical Savings Accounts and Prescription Drugs: Evidence from South Africa

Unlike the United States experience, MSAs in South Africa developed in a relatively free health insurance marketplace. As a result, employers and insurers have been able to experiment and innovate to…

Explaining the Growth of Medicare: Part I
Utilization of medical care has risen dramatically since Medicare began in 1965. That year, health expenditures accounted for 5.7 percent of the nation's output.
Health Insurance: How Much Does It Matter?
Two recent reports associate lack of health insurance coverage with less access to health care services and worse health outcomes. One study is written by Jack Hadley of the Urban Institute and publis…
The Bush Health Agenda - Part I: Strengthening Employer-Provided Health Insurance

Almost 40 million Americans go without health insurance coverage for an entire year, and as many as 20 million others are without health insurance coverage during some part of the year.

The Bush Health Agenda - Part II: Tax Credits for the Uninsured
Current federal law includes a number of tax incentives that encourage Americans to obtain health insurance. Employer-provided health insurance and employer reimbursements for medical care are general…
The Case against Mental Health Parity, Part III: Does the Care Really Work?
No one doubts that there has been a major scientific breakthrough in the use of drugs to treat the seriously mentally ill. The discovery of atypical antipsychotic drugs makes it possible for schizophr…