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THE AILING HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM: REFORM IS UNDER WAY, WHEN AND HOW? NEXT DEBATE ON THE PREMIUM DOLLAR TODAY CABLE TV SHOW

THE AILING HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM: REFORM IS UNDER WAY, WHEN AND HOW?
         NEXT DEBATE ON THE PREMIUM DOLLAR TODAY CABLE TV SHOW
    NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- As employer-sponsored health insurance costs skyrocket at a rate of 14 percent a year, many businesses are reducing coverage, increasing employee contributions, or terminating medical benefits all together.  This means that more individuals may soon join the ranks of the already 35 million uninsured Americans.
    To help consumers understand the critical health insurance issues that may determine their future coverage, the insurance practice of KPMG Peat Marwick, the world's leading accounting and consulting firm, is a contributing sponsor to the cable television series The Premium Dollar Today.  "National Health Care," the second program in the series, will air on USA Cable Network, Jan. 29, 6 a.m. EST.  The show is sponsored by Reliance National Insurance Company and KPMG Peat Marwick in cooperation with the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU), with editorial input provided by Business Insurance magazine.
    "Americans are concerned about the cost of coverage and whether they can afford it if they lose their job or if their employer eliminates or reduces coverage," explains Herbert E. Goodfriend, moderator of the series and director of insurance analysis for Peat Marwick.  "This program on 'The Premium Dollar Today' focuses on solutions to the health insurance dilemma and what it will mean to those most affected -- individuals."
    Among the health reform issues that will be explored by insurance industry professionals and opposition groups on "The Premium Dollar Today" are:
    -- whether health coverage should be attached to a job;
    -- preexisting condition clauses or "job lock;"
    -- managed care plans versus traditional health care plans;
    -- comparing the U.S. health care system to systems in other
        counties;
    -- cost containment versus quality of care;
    -- rising health care costs and the burden on employers;
    -- long term care insurance and the aging population; and
    -- specific health care bills and what each aims to achieve.
     Topics on The Premium Dollar Today include tracking the premium dollar, insurance crime and on-the-job safety.  USA is the third largest cable network reaching over 50 million homes.  Subsequent air dates for the program will be announced.
    Reliance National is a full service property/casualty insurance operation.  It is a part of Reliance Group Holdings, Inc., whose operations include insurance as well as technical and management consulting.
    The Society of CPCU is a non-profit association founded in 1944 to promote and ensure excellence in insurance and risk management.  The society has more than 20,000 members in 147 chapters across the United States.
     Through 135 offices in the United States, KPMG Peat Marwick provides industry-specific professional services to a broad range of businesses, including insurance, and other financial institutions, high technology, manufacturing and health care companies, as well as government, education and other not-for-profit institutions.  KPMG has more than 76,000 people worldwide, operates in 125 countries and posted 1991 revenues of $6 billion.
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    /CONTACT:  Beth DeLisi of KPMG Peat Marwick, 201-307-7170/ CO:  KPMG Peat Marwick ST:  New York IN:  INS SU: KD-TM -- NY085 -- 4415 01/28/92 16:48 EST
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