Mental health benefit limits and cost sharing under managed care: A national survey of employers

David S. Salkever, Judy Shinogle, Howard Goldman

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Abstract

Mental health services experts suggest that managed care diminishes the need for arbitrary benefit limits and consumer cost-sharing. Data from 577 health plans were used to test the hypotheses that health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and carve-out plans are less likely to use benefit limits or service exclusions, have more generous limits, and have lower cost- sharing requirements than non-HMOs and non-carveout plans. The results show that HMOs were more likely to use service exclusions and did not make less use of benefit limits. Calve-outs were less likely to use some coverage exclusions. Comparisons of the stringency of limits and cost-sharing provisions did not show consistent differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1633
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume50
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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