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Sunday, 12th July 2009

New Report Analyzes Cost Implications of Three Health Reform Scenarios, with Alternative Public Plan Options

New Report Analyzes Cost Implications of Three Health Reform Scenarios, with Alternative Public Plan Options
Source: Commonwealth Fund

A comprehensive approach to health insurance, provider payment, and care delivery system reforms has the potential to slow health care cost increases while achieving near-universal coverage. The potential savings for families, businesses, and the federal government vary markedly, however, depending on whether or not a public insurance plan option is included and how such a plan is structured, according to a new analysis from The Commonwealth Fund. The report is the first to compare three different scenarios: one that includes a public plan option in which health care providers would be paid at rates that fall midway between current Medicare rates and private plan rates, among other payment reforms; one that includes a public plan option that links payments more closely to Medicare rates; and one that includes no public plan, relying exclusively on private plans.

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