While health care costs are a critical issue for all Massachusetts residents, the employer community plays a key role in determining what types of insurance plans are used to limit costs- for both the employer and the employee. As a speciality care provider focused on children, a patient population that is often overlooked in the dialogue around costs, quality, and access, Boston Children’s Hospital wanted to better understand the following issues:
What drives employer decision making around health insurance products?
How well are the current insurance options understood by employers and employees?
Does access to pediatric care play a role in the decision-making process?
This report presents the results of a recent poll conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital and a series of focus groups designed to elicit the employer perspective on these critical issues.