Benefit flexibility, cost shifting and mandated mental health coverage

Richard G. Frank, Thomas G. McGuire, David S. Salkever

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Mental Health Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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