What Would Be the Impact of Capping Private Plan Rates?

About half of non-maternity inpatient hospital admissions among large-group employer-sponsored plans were paid above 150% of Medicare rates, according to a recent analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation. To address high health care costs, some states have considered capping prices paid by private insurers at a multiple of Medicare rates. By analyzing in-network payment rates for inpatient hospital admissions, the study found that a cap set at 150% of Medicare rates could affect 36% of in-network spending in the large group market, while a cap at 300% could affect 13%. The study concluded that capping prices paid by employer-sponsored plans could be disruptive but could also make health care more affordable — “tradeoffs that warrant careful attention.”

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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