Cost-sharing leads consumers to reduce both highly beneficial and less beneficial care, so they must be empowered with useful information to make informed decisions. Public cost and quality reports must be accurate, accessible, and understandable.
This research brief assesses the effects of the government-required Federal Employees Health Benefits Program's provision of behavioral health benefits equal to its general health benefits on insurers and consumers' use of services and spending.
Codirector, UCLA/RAND Health Services Research Training Program
Geoffrey F. Joyce is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, associate professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy, and senior research faculty member at USC's Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. His research has been published in…