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

nsurance market rules, and enhancing value in care delivery, the nation can provide all Americans - those with and without coverage today - affordable coverage they can keep.

Health plans propose guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with an enforceable individual coverage mandate. To help working families afford coverage, advanceable and refundable tax credits should be available, phasing out as income approaches 400 percent of the federal poverty line.

The plan also calls for shoring up the health care safety net by making eligible for Medicaid every uninsured American living in poverty and strengthening the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Adding value: The nation must create a 21st century system where quality and effectiveness are rewarded, administrative efficiency is achieved, and primary care and wellness are encouraged.

Health plans commit to streamlining administrative processes and propose making targeted investments in our public health infrastructure. The plan also calls for refocusing our health care system on keeping people healthy, intervening early, and providing coordinated care for chronic conditions; adopting uniform standards for quality, reporting, and information technology; and investing more in research to better understand which treatments and therapies work best - for the nation as a whole and for specific patients.

To learn more about AHIP's health care reform proposal, visit www.AmericanHealthSolution.org.

America's Health Insurance Plans - Providing Health Benefits to More Than 200 Million Americans


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