Consider it done? The likely efficacy of mandates for health insurance

Sharon Glied, Jacob Hartz, Genessa Giorgi

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Abstract

Several health insurance reform plans, including the recently enacted Massachusetts plan, envision the use of individual or employer mandates to increase coverage rates. In this paper we summarize and analyze existing evidence on the effectiveness of mandates, drawing on evidence both from health insurance and from other arenas where mandates are often used. We find that mandates can, but do not always, increase participation in programs. The effectiveness of a mandate depends critically on the cost of compliance, the penalties for noncompliance, and the timely enforcement of compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1612-1621
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

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Consider it done? The likely efficacy of mandates for health insurance. / Glied, Sharon; Hartz, Jacob; Giorgi, Genessa.

In: Health Affairs, Vol. 26, No. 6, 11.2007, p. 1612-1621.

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Glied, Sharon ; Hartz, Jacob ; Giorgi, Genessa. / Consider it done? The likely efficacy of mandates for health insurance. In: Health Affairs. 2007 ; Vol. 26, No. 6. pp. 1612-1621.
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