AHIP Applauds Veto of Vermont Single-Payer Bill

Ignagni: Improve Access by Fostering Competition,

Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships



Jun 23, 2005, 01:00 ET from America's Health Insurance Plans

    WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of
 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), released the following statement in
 response to the veto of single-payer legislation in Vermont:
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040830/AHIPLOGO )
 
     "America's Health Insurance Plans applauds the decision of Governor
 Douglas to veto single-payer health care in Vermont.  We strongly support the
 goal of expanding access to health coverage, but we opposed this legislation
 because it would have inevitably led to less choice, long waits and lower
 quality health care for the citizens of Vermont.
     "Vermont's uninsured would not be well served by a one-size-fits-all
 approach. In fact, more and more single-payer systems are reaching out to
 health insurance plans to learn about private-sector tools and techniques that
 improve quality and ease cost pressures. The best way to improve access to
 health coverage is by fostering competition in the private market and ensuring
 strong public-private partnerships. Improved regulatory flexibility, Medicaid
 innovations and other incentives to help small employers and individuals
 purchase coverage are a good place to start."
 
 

SOURCE America's Health Insurance Plans
    WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of
 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), released the following statement in
 response to the veto of single-payer legislation in Vermont:
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040830/AHIPLOGO )
 
     "America's Health Insurance Plans applauds the decision of Governor
 Douglas to veto single-payer health care in Vermont.  We strongly support the
 goal of expanding access to health coverage, but we opposed this legislation
 because it would have inevitably led to less choice, long waits and lower
 quality health care for the citizens of Vermont.
     "Vermont's uninsured would not be well served by a one-size-fits-all
 approach. In fact, more and more single-payer systems are reaching out to
 health insurance plans to learn about private-sector tools and techniques that
 improve quality and ease cost pressures. The best way to improve access to
 health coverage is by fostering competition in the private market and ensuring
 strong public-private partnerships. Improved regulatory flexibility, Medicaid
 innovations and other incentives to help small employers and individuals
 purchase coverage are a good place to start."
 
 SOURCE  America's Health Insurance Plans