AHIP Statement on Premium Increases - Ignagni: 'It's time to stop the politics of vilification.'

Feb. 18, 2010, Washington, D.C. - America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President and CEO Karen Ignagni today released the following statement regarding premium increases: 

"It's time to stop the politics of vilification and focus on what Americans need most: real health care reform that addresses the serious and urgent problems facing our nation. 

"Increases in the cost of coverage in the individual market shine a spotlight on the urgent need to reduce the growth of underlying medical costs and to bring everyone into the system.  If reform doesn't address these pieces, it will not solve the serious problems that individuals, families, and employers face. That is why health plans have proposed fundamental reform of health insurance markets and a long-term strategy to reduce rising health care costs.

"Health insurance premiums are increasing in the individual market because of soaring medical costs and because younger and healthier people are dropping their coverage due to the economy.  In 2009, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on January 5th, rising costs for hospitals, physicians, and prescription drugs led to the largest growth in health care spending as a share of GDP since the government started keeping track 50 years ago.  At the same time, the portion of premiums that went towards health plans' administrative costs and profits declined for the second year in a row." 

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