Capping cost-sharing monthly, rather than yearly, could save patients money

Capping cost-sharing each month, rather than on an annual basis, could result in savings for consumers, a new research brief published in JAMA Network Open found. 

The study, authored by researchers from Boston University, Atlanta-based Emory University and Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University, examined how patient and plan costs would change under a hypothetical monthly $250 and $500 cost-sharing limit. 

The researchers found instituting a $500 monthly limit resulted in a median 45.5 percent cost decrease for those whose monthly costs exceeded the cap. These savings were higher for individuals with high-deductible plans. 

Read the full study here.

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