Evaluation of Parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Final Report. Overview

12/31/2004

This chapter examines the implementation of the parity policy in the FEHB Program in terms of its effect on nominal and effective plan benefits, as illustrated in the evaluation logic model shown in FigureII-1. The research questions, data sources and collection methods, and analysis methods--summarized in the “Benefits” panel of Table II-1--are detailed in this chapter, as are the relevant findings.

The PERT employed the following approaches to examine the implementation of the FEHB parity policy:

  • the Parity Reporting Requirement (PRR), completed by all FEHB plans, to collect descriptive data on all FEHB plans’ parity implementation;
  • FEHB plan benefit design data abstracted from plan brochures on the OPM website for two time periods, pre- and post-parity;
  • comparison group data, to account for time trends during the pre- to post-parity time period; and
  • implementation case studies of the eight plans that are the focus of the analysis in order to provide more extensive data on a subset of FEHB plans.

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