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AHIP Statement on New York Attorney General's Announcement
Date:2/13/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, today issued the following statement:

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"Today's announcement presents an opportunity to shed light on one of the root causes of rising health care costs in America.

"At a time when the costs of medical services soar above inflation every year, health insurance plans' tools and techniques are mitigating the damage done to consumers and employers. Last year, health insurance premiums grew at the lowest rate in a decade due to health plans' cost-containment and quality-improvement strategies.

"It's unfortunate that today's media event ignored these facts and failed to address the appropriateness of charging out-of-network patients $200 for 'simple doctor visits' lasting '15 minutes' -- which equates to a billing rate of at least $800 an hour. As medical costs continue to soar, this is the discussion that public policy leaders need to have."

Providing Health Benefits for Over 200 Million Americans.


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