Using historical FEHBP
and commercial group insurance HHIs at the state level as instruments further decouples them from current, county-level Medicare product entry decisions.
, touted as a model by many proponents of this approach, includes broad coverage of sexual and reproductive health care and has a requirement to cover the full spectrum of contraceptive methods.
PPOs paid substantially different prices for hospital inpatient and physician services across metropolitan areas in the United States.
and MSAs have the same philosophy for consumers:
Notwithstanding such warnings, the House, in one of its last actions before recessing for the Memorial Day weekend, voted to extend the FEHBP
option to a demonstration group of up to 70,000 Medicare-eligible retirees.
Rated the best value of any fee-for-service plan by the Washington Consumer Checkbook's Guide to the FEHBP
, the Mail Handlers plan has 510,000 enrollees and covers 1.
53) Walton Francis, Putting Medicare Consumers in Charge: Lessons from the FEHBP
(Washington, DC: AEI Press, 2009), www.
8) The legislation specifies that the age/gender adjustment to the threshold equals "the excess (if any) of the premium cost of the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield standard benefit option under the FEHBP
if priced for the age and gender characteristics of all employees of the individual's employer, over that premium cost if priced for the age and gender characteristics of the national workforce.
In 1983, Congress imposed a ban on FEHBP
funds from being used to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion, except where a woman's life is in jeopardy.
is often held up a "successful" federal health care program, which has managed to modernize its benefit structure while moderating premium increases (Butler and Moffit 1995).
The cost to the government of providing health benefits under the FEHBP
has risen by more than 65 percent between 1999 and 2005.
Opponents also warned that federal employees who serve in the reserves would have an incentive to abandon the federal employee health benefit program (FEHBP
) and sign up for the cheaper TRICARE system, which would drive up FEHBP
costs for others.