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AHIP Outlines Plan to Reduce Health Care Costs by $145 Billion
Date:5/29/2008

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WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. could reduce total health care spending and improve the quality of patient care if the plan proposed today by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) was implemented. PricewaterhouseCoopers reviewed AHIP's proposals and estimates and concluded that if these proposals are fully implemented, the nation's total health care expenditures could be $145 billion lower than currently projected by the year 2015.

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"Based on our analysis, these initiatives, if implemented broadly, can yield significant savings," said Jack Rodgers, Director of Health Policy Economics, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The rising cost of medical services has a clear impact on patients, employees, employers of every size competing in an increasingly global marketplace, and taxpayers who fund public health care programs. Reflecting the urgent need to stem the unsustainable growth in the cost of medical care, AHIP's Board of Directors has developed a strategy that teams innovative health plan cost containment tools with sensible public policy initiatives to make health care more affordable. This initiative is part of an 18-month effort to present a roadmap that offers comprehensive solutions to address the nation's health care crisis. These solutions have been designed to be workable, affordable, and achievable now -- through a uniquely American public-private effort.

In November 2006, AHIP's Board of Directors announced a comprehensive proposal to cover every American using a public-private, federal-state approach. In April 2007, AHIP's Board proposed a set of recommendations that -- if implemented -- would lead to a safer, higher quality health care system. In December 2007, AHIP's Board released a pr
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