State Employee Health Plans Can Be Leaders and Drivers of Value-Based Initiatives

Policy Brief

State Employee Health Plans Can Be Leaders and Drivers of Value-Based Initiatives

Published date

December 15, 2017


With a large market share, a statewide pool of enrollees, and long-term relationships with employees and retirees—state employee health plans have a unique ability to address rising costs through new payment and delivery reforms, according to a new report prepared by experts at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Plans in 18 states cover more than 10 percent of their state’s privately insured population, and all states are well-positioned to carry out new initiatives. States are implementing a variety of new payment reforms, incentivizing use of high-value insurance plans, and taking leadership roles in state-wide stakeholder health collaboratives. The team provides guidance about which techniques have been used successfully and identifies factors affecting implementation. The breadth of initiatives shows that regardless of a state employee health plan’s priorities, administrators can find and develop the best initiative to meet their needs and collaborate with large payers and purchasers to achieve broader health system change.


Mark Japinga, MPAff

Research Associate

William K. Bleser - Margolis headhot

William K. Bleser, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Research Director, Payment Reform and Population Health
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders, PhD

Senior Research Director, Health Care Transformation
Adjunct Associate Professor
Senior Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty