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Health Plans Offer Comprehensive Reform Proposal
Date:12/3/2008

Call for 30 percent reduction in cost growth; Essential benefit plan available in all states

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health plans today offered a comprehensive health care reform proposal to achieve universal coverage, reduce the growth of health care costs, and improve the quality of medical care.

"Today our board is making a strong statement that now is the time for health care reform," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). "Reducing health care costs, improving quality of care, and bringing everyone into the system must be done in tandem to maximize the opportunity for success on all fronts."

The new proposal is the culmination of three years of policy development by AHIP's Board of Directors to develop workable solutions to the health care challenges facing the nation. It reflects the concerns and incorporates the ideas that were raised by the American people during a nationwide listening tour as part of AHIP's Campaign for an American Solution.

"AHIP's Board and membership are committed to working with policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that all Americans have affordable, high-quality health care coverage," said James Roosevelt, Jr., President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan and Co-Chair of AHIP's Policy Committee.

The new proposal outlines strategies to achieve four main objectives: controlling costs; helping consumers and purchasers; achieving universal coverage; and adding value.

Controlling costs: A financially sustainable and affordable health care system can only be achieved by bringing underlying medical costs under control. If health care costs are allowed to continue rising at rates far exceeding economic growth, they will thwart all efforts to improve coverage and care.

Health plans are urging Congress to set
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