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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Statement: Health Care America Now
Date:7/8/2008

change incentives to ensure that doctors, hospitals and other providers are looking comprehensively at patients' health needs - particularly the chronically ill - and not simply billing based on the volume of services. Prevention has a large role to play. More public and private funding for health and wellness programs - starting in early childhood - can help mitigate the incidence of chronic illness and allow individuals to lead fuller, more productive lives.

"We must also foster public-private coverage solutions tailored to reduce the number of uninsured in each of the major segments: those who are squeezed out by costs, those already eligible but missing out on public coverage, and those with higher incomes who opt out of coverage. All of these reform areas provide an opportunity for common ground and should be the starting point for any reform discussions.

"With nearly 80 years' experience in providing health benefits in all 50 states, the nation's Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies know the value and peace of mind that healthcare coverage provides to working families, seniors and the disabled. It is time to join together and think about real solutions. Given all that is at stake for consumers, providers, payers, and others, we look forward to a productive dialogue in the coming year to ensure that all Americans have health insurance coverage."

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 100 million individuals - one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit http://www.BCBS.com.


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