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AFLAC TESTIFIES IN HEALTH CARE DEBATE

 COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AFLAC, a world's leading supplemental insurance company, today will publicly endorse that part of President Clinton's health care reform bill that preserves the right of individuals to purchase supplemental health insurance.
 AFLAC Senior Vice President Kathelen Spencer is scheduled to testify today before a joint hearing of two Subcommittees of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
 The president's bill specifically exempts from its coverage most kinds of supplemental health insurance policies such as long-term care, specific disease policies, hospital or nursing home indemnification policies and accident insurance.
 "Preserving the existing right of individuals to purchase supplemental coverage is not only good public policy -- it is good politics as well," said Spencer. "It is good public policy because people clearly should have the ability to purchase the amount of additional coverage that they judge to be appropriate; and it is good politics because people strongly value the right to make their own decisions, including the purchase of supplemental coverage."
 AFLAC plans to commend President Clinton for having the courage to confront what it refers to as "clearly one of the most important issues we will face in our lifetime" and will state that the company shares the administration's view on issues such as guaranteed renewability, portability and community rating of health insurance policies.
 AFLAC sells a broad range of supplemental insurance products including Medicare supplement, hospital indemnity, accident and disability, long-term care, cancer and hospital intensive care. Virtually all of these products would be unaffected by the president's health care proposal, although they would continue to be subject to existing laws and regulations.
 Spencer also is slated to demonstrate that supplemental health policies are a significant factor in fulfilling the health needs of individuals in other countries which already have a national health care system in place. She will cite a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management on private supplemental health insurance in the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.
 AFLAC is a world leader in the underwriting of supplemental insurance, with primary markets in the United States and Japan. Its supplemental products insure more than 38 million people worldwide. AFLAC is the primary subsidiary of AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE: AFL), an international holding company with assets of more than $15 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Kathelen Spencer, senior vice president, director of Public Relations, 706-323-3431, or Analysts: Kenneth S. Janke Jr., senior vice president, Investor Relations, 800-235-2667 or, fax, 706-324-6330, both of AFLAC/
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