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Health Insurance Industry Listens to Health Care Concerns of Utah Small Business Owners
Date:8/27/2008

AHIP and Salt Lake Chamber host roundtable discussion as part of national

Campaign for an American Solution

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) today met with Utah small business owners at a roundtable discussion on health care issues at the Salt Lake Chamber.

The roundtable is part of the health insurance industry's Campaign for an American Solution, a new national grassroots and educational initiative to build support for workable health care reform based on core principles shared by the American people: coverage, affordability, quality, value, choice and portability.

"Health system reform is our top priority," said Lane Beattie, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. "By employing private market principles and expanding accountability at all levels of the health system we can contain costs and improve quality of life."

"Affordable coverage for small businesses must be at the center of health care reform," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP, the national association of health insurers. "We have offered a reform plan that would not only make coverage more affordable for small businesses, but would also make it easier for their employees to accept coverage when it is offered."

Today's discussion with Utah small business owners is the latest in a series of conversations the health insurance industry is having with Americans from all walks of life -- those with coverage and those without, small business owners and employees, union leaders and members, physicians and other providers, and families from diverse communities.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the employer-paid portion of health insurance premiums for a Utah family was $10,975 in 2006, or double the rate in 2000. In 2006 alone, health care costs in Utah increased by twice the rate of earnings and more than double the rate of inflation. In Utah, 60% of businesse
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