This research brief describes work documented in How Expensive are Unlimited Substance Abuse Benefits Under Managed Care? (RP-782), How Expensive is Unlimited Mental Health Care Coverage Under Managed Care? (RP-659), Federalism and Health System Reform: Prospects for State Action (RP-647), Geographic Variation in Physician Visits for Uninsured Children: The Role of the Safety Net (RP-798), Retiree Health Benefits and Retirement Behavior: Implications for Health Policy (RP-836), Challenges of State Health Reform: Variations in Ten States (RP-677), The Effect of Access to Post-Retirement Health Insurance on the Decision to Retire Early (RP-360); "Simulating the Impact of Medical Savings Accounts on Small Business," by Dana P. Goldman, Joan L. Buchanan, and Emmett B. Keeler, HSR, Health Services Research, v. 35, no. 1, pt. 1, Apr. 2000, p. 53-75; "COBRA Continuation Coverage: Effect on the Health Insurance Status of Early Retirees," by Jeannette A. Rogowski and Lynn A. Karoly, Health Benefits and the Workforce, vol. 2 (Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Labor, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, 1998), p. 73-93.

Excerpt: Since the failure of national health care reform, efforts to increase health insurance coverage for the American people have focused on extending insurance to certain vulnerable populations, including children, employees in small businesses, substance abusers, the uninsured, and the near-elderly. In a series of studies, we have assessed the cost and consequences of various approaches to providing coverage for these groups.

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