Navigation Links
Federal Government Premium Review Ignores Real Factors Driving Healthcare Costs
Date:2/22/2010

Strong delivery system and carefully crafted insurance reforms critical to achieving affordability

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's healthcare reform proposal:

"Reining in healthcare costs, along with improving quality and expanding coverage to everyone, is a goal that the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) shares with the Obama administration and the Congress.  We agree escalating premiums continue to burden everyone.  That's why we have consistently advocated for healthcare legislation that makes important insurance and delivery system reforms to make insurance affordable without jeopardizing the coverage that people enjoy today.

President Obama's proposal to establish a new Health Insurance Rate Authority ignores the unique cost drivers in each of the 50 state insurance markets.  Several governors from both parties have recently expressed reservations about a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare reform.

This new agency, which creates a highly politicized federal review process, would divorce premium review from the state regulators' responsibility of assuring that health plans have enough funds to pay future policyholder claims, potentially leading to multi-plan insolvencies across the country.  The risks of such a proposal – namely undermining the security and stability of Americans' health insurance – must not be ignored.

Any reform proposal needs to address the underlying drivers of healthcare costs:

  • Higher prices resulting from cost-shifting by healthcare providers to the private sector because of government programs underpayments; higher priced technologies and pharmaceuticals; and reduced provider competition;
  • Increased utilization attributable to an aging population, rise in obesity and chronic illnesses, new treatments, more intensive diagnostic testing, and the practice of defensive medicine; and
  • Lack of care coordination and a delivery system that rewards volume rather than quality.

We are troubled that several provisions in the president's proposal would make coverage even more expensive.  These provisions include putting new taxes on people's insurance, requiring many people to buy richer benefit packages than they do today, and allowing millions of people to forgo coverage until they are sick – driving up costs for everyone.

We have long supported many insurance reforms included in this proposal, like guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, and to not vary premiums based on health status.  This only works if these reforms are coupled with an effective requirement for everyone to obtain and maintain coverage.

As new details of the president's proposal emerge, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will remain committed to bipartisan solutions to achieve a sustainable healthcare system."

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 members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com.

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.BCBS.com

'/>"/>

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NGA Focus on States Health Care Responsibilities Spotlights Need for Congress to Pass Federal Medicaid Relief
2. Federal Recovery Funds Allow Eries Shriners Hospital to Reduce Energy Costs, Invest Savings in Patient Care
3. MDS Receives U.S. Federal Trade Commission Provisional Regulatory Approval for Sale of MDS Analytical Technologies
4. Texas Health Care Association: Meeting Texas Seniors Ongoing Care Needs Threatened by Looming State, Federal Funding Threats
5. CIGOTINE Celebrates Federal Ruling Allowing Import and Distribution of E-Cigarettes
6. Federal Panel Urges Obesity Screening for Kids Ages 6 and Up
7. Lupus Foundation of America Collaborates with Federal Agencies and the U.S. Surgeon Generals Office to Expand Medical Education on Lupus
8. Physicians Coalition Asks Federal Court to Block Obama Healthcare: Doctors Claim Bill Would End Practice of Medicine as We Have Known It, Assert Presidents Actions Are Unconstitutional
9. NJHA Quality Institute Wins Federal Designation
10. VA, DoD Expand Ranks of Federal Recovery Coordinators
11. American Lung Association Report Card: Federal Government Makes Major Strides; Most States Flunk for Neglecting to Prevent Tobacco-Caused Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... and USA Wrestling announced a new agreement as part of a long-term ... through December 2024 and includes the airing of some of the sport’s premier events ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Recently, patients and staff from A Forever Recovery, a ... organizations in support of the annual Binder Park Zoo Halloween celebration known as the ... costumes of all designs coming out to enjoy games, face painting, and lots and ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... will demonstrate their groundbreaking GunSport•PRO® and EB15•LE® electronic earplugs at the NSSF SHOT ... Las Vegas, Booth #2809. The SHOT Show is the shooting, hunting and outdoor ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... , Antoine Dental Center, is currently offering complimentary consultations and financing for orthodontics ... teeth examined for bite irregularities and learn about their orthodontic options. Walk-in, late-evening, ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... the availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit ... audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan 17, 2017 Research and ... Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global laparotomy sponges market to ... Global Laparotomy Sponges Market 2016-2020, has been prepared ... The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , January 17, 2017 ... 2016;11(Suppl. 1):2-4 ; http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/tailored-temperature-management-neurocritical-care ... ... Published recently in European Neurological ... touchNEUROLOGY, Catherine Amey reports that despite ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Transparency Market Research has released a new market report ... and Others) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends ... derivative market was valued at US$ 1.37 Bn in 2015 ... at a CAGR of 5.1 % from 2016 to 2024. ... Benzaldehyde derivatives are the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: