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COOPER & LYBRAND: EMPLOYERS SHOULD ASSESS HEALTH CARE

 NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers may wish to prepare now for health care reform by assessing the impact a managed competition proposal would have on their health benefit programs.
 According to Timothy F. Ray, national director of health care for Coopers & Lybrand Human Resource Advisory Group, the changes proposed by the managed competition approach -- particularly the mandated coverage provision, any premium contribution requirements, changes in tax deductions, and the shift to community rating -- would have a significant impact on many employers' health benefits programs.
 Mr. Ray said the degree of this impact will be affected by such issues as:
 -- Mandated coverage -- who will be covered by the mandate -- full- time versus part-time employees; permanent versus leased employees, dependents.
 -- Employers share of the cost of health benefits.
 -- The costs due to broader use of community rating.
 -- Covered benefits and changes from current plan designs.
 -- Payroll and payroll taxes.
 -- Possible impact on FAS 106 postemployment medical benefit obligations and accrued costs.
 -- Changes in individual and corporate income taxes resulting form modifications to the tax treatment of health benefits.
 "Now is the time," Mr. Ray said, "employers should review the possible impact a managed competition reform program could have on their health benefits.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Mr. Ray may be contacted direct at 202-822-4026 (Washington) or through Dorothy Warner, 202-822-4925. Other Coopers & Lybrand health care consultants who are available for background information or interviews are: John Bertko, 415-957-3132 (San Francisco), Leesa Kay, 312-701-5864 (Chicago), or Barbara Bald, 212-259-3088/
 /CONTACT: Doris Brown, 212-536-2013, or Dorothy Warner, 202-822-4925, both of Coopers & Lybrand Human Resource Advisory Group/


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