An Examination of State Non-Group and Small-Group Health Insurance Regulations

Author
Anthony T. Lo Sasso
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
The present upswing in state-level efforts to "do something about health care," combined with presidential campaign-related rhetoric, suggests that health care is back with a vengeance on the public consciousness. Many states are proposing what appear to be new strategies to cover the uninsured when in reality the "new" strategies rely on old approaches that have not proven highly effective in the past, notably community rating and guaranteed issue regulations. Using data culled from a popular health insurance distributor and the published literature provides a compelling portrait of the predictable distortions that can result from regulations aimed at improving perceived deficiencies in the non-group and small group health insurance markets.
Topic
Economics, Government, Health, Politics
Political Geography
United States