Access & Affordability

Coverage and utilization of telemedicine services by enrollees in large employer plans

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Coverage and utilization of telemedicine services by enrollees in large employer plans

Telemedicine – the delivery of health services by providers at remote locations, such as through video conferencing or remote monitoring – has been seen as a way to possibly improve access to care while lowering costs. There is also potential for telemedicine, often referred to as telehealth, to expand access to care for people in […]

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Cost-Sharing Waivers and Premium Relief by Private Plans in Response to COVID-19

Cost-Sharing Waivers and Premium Relief by Private Plans in Response to COVID-19

While federal protections prevent most people from paying out-of-pocket for COVID-19 testing, patients may face substantial costs if hospitalized for treatment because there are no provisions that require private insurance plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment. A previous …

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

The term “surprise medical bill” describes charges arising when an insured person inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills can arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room, treating physicians, …

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

As health costs rise, enrollees in large employer plans face higher health spending both through rising premium contributions and increased cost-sharing when they use services. On average, health spending by families with large employer health plans has increased two times …