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U.S. REP. KLINK COMMENDS BLUE CROSS IN HEALTH CARE REFORM PROCEEDINGS

 PITTSBURGH, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "I commend the organization's commitment to its traditional mission of serving all segments of the community, while developing products that have been replicated across the nation, benefiting economically disadvantaged children and low-income workers," said U.S. Rep. Ron Klink (D-Allegheny), referring to Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania (BCWP) in remarks made to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 26.
 Klink's comments came in reference to The Pennsylvania Model, a health care reform policy paper developed by BCWP.
 The Pennsylvania Model details how health care reform should focus on strengthening what works well now, and changing what doesn't work. It advances three principles at the foundation of any successful federal or state health care reform initiative: community-based standards for private insurance carriers, so that all insurers are responsive to public needs; community health planning to end the medical arms race for new technologies, which accounts for about 40 percent of the average yearly increase in health care costs; and a workable cost-management strategy advocating efficient administrative practices, encouraging individuals to lead healthier lifestyles, and supporting managed care initiatives to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care in the most appropriate inpatient or outpatient setting.
 In his statements to the House, Klink urged that The Pennsylvania Model serve as a guide for reform of the nation's health care system and cited coverage practices employed by BCWP. "Many of the programs, practices and policies that have proven effective in western Pennsylvania -- specialized programs of coverage for children and low-income workers; continuous open enrollment; community rating; wellness and preventive care initiatives; negotiated reimbursement with providers; and efforts to bring about a rational approach to the siting of technology, among others -- have contributed to Pennsylvania's low uninsured rate," Klink explained.
 The paper notes BCWP's Caring Program for Children, which has provided health care coverage for more than 20,000 children from low-income families, ineligible for medical assistance -- at no cost to the families. It also highlights BCWP's Special Care product, a low-priced benefit program for low-income, working individuals and families. BCWP subsidizes these and other programs so that coverage is more affordable for the economically disadvantaged.
 In addition, BCWP offers coverage to all regardless of medical condition, age, occupation or use of benefits, and offers community-rated programs for small employers with as few as two persons. These programs are made more affordable by using large insurance pools to spread health risks over a large group of people.
 Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation with more than 90 percent of the population enrolled in either a public or private program of health care coverage. BCWP provides comprehensive health insurance coverage to more than 2.6 million subscribers in its 29-county, western Pennsylvania coverage area, and is rated "excellent" by Standard & Poor's Insurance Rating Service.
 Veritus Inc. conducts its health care coverage business in western Pennsylvania under the trade name of Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. In addition to health coverage, the company offers a variety of employee benefits products and services both inside and outside of western Pennsylvania through its Veritus Group of Companies.
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 /EDITORS: Klink's remarks were entered in the Congressional Record. Reprints are available upon request by calling 412-255-7870./
 /CONTACT: Shari Rose of Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, 412-255-7870/


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