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NFIB and AHIP Urge Focus on Affordable Health Care for Small Businesses
Date:3/10/2009

Release of AHIP's new survey of small group coverage

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Affordable coverage options for small businesses must be a top priority as the nation pursues health care reform, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) said today at a joint press conference.

"We must work together to pursue creative, private market solutions to what has become an unsustainable problem for small businesses - increasing healthcare costs," said Dan Danner, president and CEO, NFIB. "It is imperative that insurance market reform - specifically in the individual and small group markets - leads to greater access to larger pools, increased portability and competitive choices."

"Health plans are committed to making health care coverage more affordable for America's small business owners and their employees," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP. "Policymakers should focus their efforts on reforms that cover every American, contain the rising cost of medical care and allow flexibility for health plans to offer small businesses high-value, affordable coverage options."

The two organizations come to the table offering reform principles and policy solutions that were developed following their own extensive outreach to the American people.

NFIB's national campaign, Solutions Start Here, traveled the country to hear first-hand from small business owners, so that their voices and ideas are represented as NFIB brings solutions to the reform table.

Too often policy leaders are focused on coverage, but small business owners are focused on cost. It is imperative that we address cost and coverage together. For NFIB, that means transforming today's healthcare system through an approach that utilizes pooling, insurance market reform and tax treatment to reform the broken system of today into a mo
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