How does the state employee health plan compare?
By Arielle Levin Becker
From The Connecticut Mirror on Monday, April 4, 2016
“There’s a lot more cost-sharing in the average employer plan, but that’s generally true compared to government employee plans,” said Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy at the National Business Group on Health.
Similarly, Wojcik, from the National Business Group on Health, said many employers view some amount of cost sharing – at least for non-preventive services – as useful in helping to ensure that people are engaged in deciding what care to get, rather than just going because it doesn’t cost anything. But Wojcik said there are limits.
“As costs continue to rise and cost sharing grows, there is a concern that at some point, employees will forestall or put off needed care because of the cost-sharing,” he said, adding that the concern is particularly acute since wages have been stagnant.
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