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CAHI Releases "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2011"

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) released its most recent Policy Trends paper, "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2011."

CAHI's research and analysis uncovers developing trends long before they might become apparent to the casual observer.  As a companion piece to our renowned study, "Health Insurance Mandates in the States, 2011," the "Trends, 2011" paper takes the 2,262 mandates CAHI identified this year and forecasts what's ahead for legislators and policy makers.  The result is an invaluable tool to help policy-makers understand the impact mandates have on the cost of health insurance.

Look to "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2011" for information on this year's benefit groundswells, including expanded coverage for behavioral treatments for autism spectrum disorders, as well as oral chemotherapy regimens, the newest and most rapidly spreading mandate. 

"Legislators can expect special interest and advocacy groups to focus on these newly-identified benefit trends through a coordinated multi-state strategy. It is vital legislators understand the cost effect on health insurance before voting on a new mandate," explained CAHI Research and Policy Director, Victoria Craig Bunce, the study's author.

For a copy of "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2011" please visit http://www.cahi.org/cahi_contents/resources/pdf/PolicyTrendsMandatedbenefits2011.pdf or contact us by calling 703-836-6200 or emailing press@cahi.org.

For an executive summary of "Health Insurance Mandates in the States, 2011," please visit http://www.cahi.org/cahi_contents/newsroom/article.asp?id=1039.

Since 1992, CAHI has been the principled, free-market voice protecting and promoting access, affordability and choice in American health care.  CAHI's membership includes health insurers, small businesses, physicians, actuaries, insurance producers and brokers and consumers.  It's your health; it's your choice.

SOURCE Council for Affordable Health Insurance



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