V-BID’s Role in State Employee Health Plans
Currently, over 19 million state and local employees, or about 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce, receive health care through a public employee health plan. Facing growing health care cost burden, some state and local governments have turned to Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) as a way to decrease health costs, improve health, and maintain competitive benefit plans for employees.
V-BID alters the amount of consumer cost-sharing based on the health benefit provided by a specific clinical service–not the price. By aligning patients’ out-of-pocket costs with the value of services, V-BID can keep public employees healthier, reduce the number of sick days used, and improve workplace productivity.
Currently, states pay $25.1 billion a year to provide benefits to their employees. Finding a way to control these costs effectively has become a priority for many state governors and legislatures. Additionally, across the U.S., an excise tax–sometimes referred to as a “cadillac tax”–for generous health plans goes into effect in 2018, and incentivizes employers to keep the benefit value of their health plans below $27,500.
Multiple state and local governments have introducing value-based insurance design (V-BID) into their public employee benefit package to promote high value care and encourage employees to take an active role in managing their health care decisions.
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