This article describes preliminary results from a natural experiment that tested the impact of report cards on employees.
As part of the 1995 enrollment process, some members of the State of Minnesota Employee Group Insurance Program received report
cards on the plans offered to them, and others did not. Both groups of employees had a chance to review a second community-wide
report card covering all Minnesota plans that had been distributed by an independent organization through local newspapers.
Both groups were surveyed before and after they made their health plan selections. We compare the likelihood of seeing, the
intensity of reading, and the perceived helpfulness of the first, employer-specific report card with the second, community-wide
report card for consumers who make plan selections.
Consumer Participation : Analysis of Variance : Chi-Square Distribution : Chronic Disease/psychology : Consumer Satisfaction
: Health Benefit Plans, Employee/standards : Health Care Surveys : Health Services Research/methods : Human : Information
Services/standards : Minnesota : State Government : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : United States : Universities