Special Services in Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, 1993 and 1997

Published in: Compensation and Working Conditions, Summer 2000, p. 23-26

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2000

by M. Susan Marquis, Stephen H. Long

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Coverage for mental health services, prescription drugs, dental care, and vision care in employer-sponsored health insurance plans expanded between 1993 and 1997; by 1997, these services comprised nearly one-quarter of health care spending. This article examines the prevalence of coverage for these services, recent trends in coverage rates, and the generosity of benefits based on data from the National Employer Health Insurance Survey and the 1997 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Employer Health Insurance Survey.

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