This is a multi-phase study that focuses on groups that have been in the forefront of interacting with the population affected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and three HIPAA related provisions: MHPA (Mental Health Parity Act of 1996), NMPHA (Newborns and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996) and WHCRA (Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998). The groups, i.e., State agencies, consumer advocacy groups or individual researchers, are being contacted and benefits, in terms of assisting individuals in obtaining coverage as guaranteed under HIPAA and related provisions, identified. Since strategy for implementation of HIPAA is technically based on State insurance regulatory models, the project will delineate and describe similar and/or differing effects as this model is applied at the Federal level. Evaluation results will lead to assisting CMS in the planning of any future endeavors in private health insurance regulation.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Administrator
FEDERAL CONTACT: James Fuller, 410-786-3365
PIC ID: 7420
PERFORMER: Arthur Andersen and Company, Washington, DC