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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Releases Letter Sent to Congressmen John Dingell and Sander Levin
Date:8/21/2009

DETROIT, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has sent a letter to Michigan Congressmen John Dingell and Sander Levin as a response to the Congressmen's request for company information. A complete text of the letter follows:

August 20, 2009

    Congressman John D. Dingell      Congressman Sander M. Levin
    19855 West Outer Drive           27085 Gratiot Ave
    Suite 103-E                      Roseville, MI 48066
    Dearborn, MI 48124

Dear Congressman Dingell and Congressman Levin,

I received your letter questioning some of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's business practices. It is clear you and your colleagues are working hard in Congress to make changes to the health care system in order to rein in costs, improve quality and expand access. We share many of the same goals and have been vocal proponents of meaningful health care reform for many years.

What your letter fails to recognize is that BCBSM already runs its business as Congress proposes all insurers should and should be held up as a model for health reform not villainized in the media. BCBSM is the most strongly regulated health insurer in Michigan. We are the only insurer in the state that accepts everyone for coverage regardless of their medical condition. We community rate our health care coverage for individuals -- which means we ask for the same premium regardless of the individual's health condition. We self-limit our margins -- earning just one-tenth of one percent margin over the last 20 years. We work closely with Michigan doctors and hospitals to reduce the cost and improve the quality of care. These partnerships have saved hundreds of millions of dollars and many lives in the process.

Even with our recent rate increase, Blue Cross will continue to lose money on its individual products because costs will
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