State Insurance Commissioner's Office:
Contact this office for lists of mandated benefits in your state.
They can help you navigate available health care plans. Among the best known are William M. Mercer Inc., Towers Perrin, and KMPG Peat Marwick. An especially helpful tool is William M. Mercer's "International Benefit Guidelines," an annual report on insurance practices worldwide, sorted by country. The study can be found at Mercer's Web site in the "Resource Center" under the "Publications" listing.
Chamber of Commerce:
Especially for small businesses, the local Chamber often has groups of employers who've been through similar experiences.
Health Insurance Plans of California (HIPC):
HIPC is a coalition of insurers that gives Community Partners employees a choice of 12 to 15 HMOs and a POS (point-of-service) option. Call 800/HIPC-YES (800/447-2937).
Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA):
This organization's Web site provides HIAA booklets. Go to Consumer Information. Call 202/785-3910 for copies, or print them from the Web site.
HIAA also recommends these sources of information:
Managed Care: An AARP Guide
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, D.C., 202/434-2277
Choosing Quality: Finding the Health Plan That's Right for You
National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, D.C., 800/839-6487
Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care
Washington, D.C., 202/789-3606
Workforce, January 1999, Vol. 78, No. 1, p. 86.