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NFIB APPLAUDS PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL FOR HEALTH CARE PAPERWORK SIMPLIFICATION

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's largest small business advocacy organization, today expressed support for President Clinton's proposal to control health care paperwork through the creation of standardized health insurance claim forms.
 "Billions of dollars are wasted each year because of health care paperwork and bureaucracy, and small business owners wind up footing the bill," said NFIB Vice President John Motley. "That is why NFIB has long supported the establishment of a single standardized form to be used for health insurance claims. The steps announced by President Clinton today would take us in that direction. We can no longer tolerate the inefficiency and waste that comes from hundreds and hundreds of different claim forms."
 In 1992, NFIB was a member of the steering committee of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange which issued a report to the secretary of Health and Human Services proposing standardized claim forms and other administrative savings.
 "Because small business owners suffer disproportionately from skyrocketing health care costs, we will always be among the first to applaud steps that can bring those costs down," Motley added. "Our surveys show that in most cases, the only reason some small business owners don't provide health insurance for their employees is because they simply cannot afford it. The cost of health insurance is the number one concern of NFIB members. Through administrative reforms, malpractice reforms, insurance reforms, health insurance purchasing cooperatives and other proposals, we can make health care more affordable."
 NFIB represents more than 607,000 small business owners in all 50 states. Its members establish NFIB positions through regular polling conducted by the organization.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Hill or Angela Jones of the National Federation of Independent Business, 202-554-9000/


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