WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AAHP-HIAA today announced that it has
completed its transition to a merged organization whose mission remains
promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans,
and that it will place special emphasis on legal reform, long-term care, tax
matters, combating insurance fraud, and offering solutions designed to promote
evidence-based health care. The association announced that it has
significantly expanded its state advocacy operations. AAHP-HIAA will also
focus on legislative and regulatory issues concerning the consumer choice
health care model, and will continue to promote workable partnerships with
public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and FEHBP.
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Speaking at an afternoon press briefing, AAHP-HIAA President and CEO Karen
Ignagni gave a progress report on the AAHP-HIAA merger, a move that was
approved by the memberships of both associations in October. Ignagni also
reviewed the association's political, legislative and regulatory priorities
and announced AAHP-HIAA's new leadership team.
"The major transition issues surrounding the merger have been completed.
Our members, who cover 200 million Americans, now have a more effective,
unified voice. We have a new leadership team. We are relocating to new
national headquarters and when Congress and the state legislatures reconvene
in January we will be ready to engage," said Ignagni.
AAHP-HIAA's new leadership team, drawn from the ranks of senior AAHP and
HIAA staff, brings together a highly regarded group of professionals with a
broad base of experience in health care, business, government, public policy
and legal affairs. (See the following websites for a listing of AAHP-HIAA
senior staff: www.aahp.org or www.hiaa.org).
Ignagni said that AAHP-HIAA has greatly bolstered its state advocacy
operations, including creating a new state policy shop, hiring regional
directors and increasing its state lobby force. In addition, AAHP-HIAA has
established a dedicated team to work with the National Association of
Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
AAHP-HIAA also has deepened its federal, policy, regulatory and
legislative teams to better support its members in these important arenas.
"As the market is moving to offer more choices of products and delivery
systems and opportunities are emerging to create public-private partnerships,
we have enhanced and reorganized our federal resources to more effectively
support our members," Ignagni said.
AAHP-HIAA also announced that next week it is relocating its national
headquarters to the following address:
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
South Building Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004.
AAHP-HIAA is the national trade association representing the private
sector in health care. AAHP-HIAA's nearly 1,300 member companies provide
health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage to more
than 200 million Americans.