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HEALTH INSURANCE AGENTS COMMENT ON TOWN HALL MEETING

 WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to today's town hall meeting held by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, J. Beryl Clifford, CLU, RHU, president of the Association of Health Insurance Agents (AHIA), echoed concerns voiced by panel participants.
 "It's coming out loud and clear Americans want choice and access to affordable, quality health care. But if people are forced to buy their insurance from one regional purchasing group, they're not going to get choice or service. Consumers don't want a 1-800-health care bureaucracy. We need a plan that guarantees all Americans a personal touch and the right to choose," Clifford said.
 AHIA also believes that managed competition would force employers to buy insurance solely through one large purchasing cooperative, thus eliminating competition from the system and causing prices to rise.
 Under AHIA's plan, employers would choose from a variety of cooperative plans. Employers would use agents to help select coverages and obtain the best rates available.
 "Let consumers decide what is the most effective plan," suggests Clifford.
 AHIA, a conference of the National Association of Life Underwriters, provides legislative, educational and public relations support to health insurance agents and employee benefits agents across the country. AHIA membership is open to all associates of local life underwriters associations.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Glick of the Association of Health Insurance Agents, 202-331-6096/


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