Table 2 – Estimated Additional Costs for Certain State-Mandated Health Benefits, 1997
Benefit Estimated Additional Annual Cost
1. Minimum Maternity Stay Less than 1% Under $35*
2. Speech Therapy Less than 1% Under $35
3. Drug Abuse Treatment Less than 1% Under $35
4. Mammography Screening Less than 1% Under $35
5. Well Child Care Less than 1% Under $35
6. Podiatry Less than 1% Under $35
7. Papanicolaou (Pap) Smears Less than 1% Under $35
8. Vision Exams 1% to 3% $35 - $105
9. Chiropractic Treatment 1% to 3% $35 - $105
10. Alcoholism Treatment 1% to 3% $35 - $105
11. Infertility Treatment 3% to 5% $105 - $175
12. Mental Health Care 5% to 10% $175 - $350
Total 15% to 30% $525 - $1,050
 
* Based on a standard family policy without mandates costing $3,500 per year.
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis