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Benefit flexibility, cost shifting and mandated mental health coverage



Benefit flexibility, cost shifting and mandated mental health coverage



Journal of Mental Health Administration 18(3): 264-271



This paper presents a policy analysis of options for making a state's mandated mental health benefit more flexible while maintaining insurance premiums at a constant level. The analysis illustrates the difficult choices facing legislatures that attempt to balance improved coverage for mental health care with concerns about rising health care costs. A sophisticated simulation model is used to assess the costs of four alternative insurance benefit design options.

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Accession: 045359982

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PMID: 10115788

DOI: 10.1007/bf02518597


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