Merger Complete, AAHP-HIAA Looks Ahead to 2004 Department Leadership Announced

    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: or
     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.


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