Major Changes in Benefit Design: A Plausible Way to Control Costs?

Vol. IX, No. 6
November 1, 2006

To explore the potential changes benefit design could have on controlling health care spending and the policies that accompany these changes, a small invitational meeting was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,through a joint effort of its Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative and State Coverage Initiative (SCI) programs. The meeting brought together health care stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to engage in intellectual discourse on outcomes of previous changes, recently implemented changes, and promising policies for future changes that could help to control costs.