Which is precisely the effect intended by those who hail medical directors before their state regulatory tribunals, grumble Theisen and HIAA
Legislative Director and Counsel Jeff Gabardi.
But the majority of holders are already seniors; the average age of those purchasing individual policies or signing up through an association plan is 67, reports HIAA
In recent years, HIAA
has supported policies that fit the accepted political agenda of universal access, expanded coverage for the poor and near poor, state government pools for the medically uninsurable, federal tax policy changes and managed care.
Attempting to remedy many of the flaws of the post-NMCES surveys, we designed the HIAA
survey with the objective of deriving a representative sample from which to draw conclusions about the Nation's employment-related health insurance population.
The plan, said Schramm is "unlike the rapidly growing pile of vague health care reform proposals which are quickly shelved to gather dust." It includes tax incentives for small businesses, risk pools for the medically uninsurable individuals, Medicaid reform and exemption from state mandated coverages which, HIAA
said, "can add 20 percent or more to the cost of health insurance."
's survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in mid-July, concluded that 44 percent of those employees surveyed said they were at least somewhat likely to switch to a new consumer choice health plan.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has worked with both AAHP and HIAA
, said John Parker, a BCBSA spokesman.
With state and federal government budgets bursting at the seams, HIAA
research has found that Medicaid saves about $5,000 and Medicare saves more than $1,600 for every person who buys an LTC plan.
In its own letter to Secretary Thompson, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA
) called for an examination of the adverse experience of states that have approved sweeping medical records confidentiality legislation.
Analysis of similar legislation in California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania indicates that consumer and taxpayer spending on health care in those states could rise by $9.9 billion, $3.6 billion, and $4.5 billion respectively According to the HIAA
study, allowing an antitrust waiver in California could increase annual private health care spending there by up to $7.7 billion, and taxpayer spending by up to $2.2 billion.
According to Coorsh, HIAA
is hopeful that more private sector employers will follow the lead of the president and those advocating long term care coverage for federal employees.
For example, using figures reported by the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA
), the most recent annual increase in health care costs per employee is greater than the level just over a decade ago.