College to Examine Public Sector Health Insurance Purchasing Consortiums
The Center for Public Policy & Health (CPPH) has been awarded a $129,500 contract from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to investigate the use, advantages and disadvantages of health benefit consortiums among Ohio public entities, including local governments, school districts and institutions of higher education. A resource guide and website content will be developed. Completion is anticipated by the end of the year.
“Despite widespread collaborative health insurance procurement in the school district sector and among other Ohio public entities, there’s been little effort to document and communicate the use and benefits,” says John Hoornbeek, PhD, associate professor, Health Policy & Management, and director of the CPPH.
“The health insurance market is in a period of substantial change, due in large part to implementation of the 2010 U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Ohio and other policy changes here,” observes Hoornbeek. “In this changing environment, local governments and other public entities will benefit from having greater information to assist in making sensible choices.”