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The average cost of employer-sponsored premiums is now close to $13,100 a year for just one family of four and employees contribute roughly 27 percent, on average, toward the premium.
NCHC Action Fund President and CEO, Ralph G. Neas, calls for an insurance policy for health care reform.
Noting that last spring, leaders of the health care industry, including representatives from PhARMA, America's Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association, met with President Obama and pledged to him and the American people that they would decrease the annual rate of cost increases by 1.5 percentage points to save $2 trillion or more over the next decade. Neas said the commitment that industry leaders made to the President and the American public "should be more than a photo op, press statement and promise." Citing Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus' piece about legislative cost containment efforts and needing a fail-safe mechanism to ensure that the rate of health care inflation is slowed, Neas urged that industry pledges to the President and the American people to control the growth of national health expenditures be codified and made enforceable as part of health reform.
The National Coalition on Health Care's recommendations, based upon the consensus view of 85 member organizations, to make the system less complex, reduce overly high prices, and create a truly competitive health care marketplace. The goal of the paper is to augment the NCHC Principles and Specifications with a more detailed and selective set of policy recommendations on cost containment and quality improvement.
How much merit is there to 11th-hour insurance industry claims that the health reform bill scheduled for a vote in the Senate Finance Committee this week would raise insurance premiums? And how big a problem is it that the industry, which had generally been cooperative in the reform effort, is now lashing out? -- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com
Small Business Majority, an NCHC partner, and the Center for American Progress developed a report, SHOPping Around: Setting up Health Care Exchanges for Small Businesses: A Roadmap. The report provides state legislators with both the necessary information and toolkit for establishing competitive health insurance exchanges for small businesses.
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the passage of health reform legislation, Consumers Union developed a guide entitled The Affordable Care Act: The First Year. The guide outlines what the law means for consumers based on their current health insurance coverage, as well as details how the law pertains to owners and employees of small businesses.
Consumer Reports has developed a brief guide, Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now, to educate consumers on how the Affordable Care Act has affected Medicare and benefits. The guide covers topics ranging from drug discounts to free preventive services.