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PARTISAN POLITICS SLOWS ACTION ON REALISTIC, PRACTICAL HEALTH CARE REFORM, SAYS CIGNA CHAIRMAN

 PARTISAN POLITICS SLOWS ACTION ON REALISTIC,
 PRACTICAL HEALTH CARE REFORM, SAYS CIGNA CHAIRMAN
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Next to the economy, the public believes health care reform is one of the most critical issues facing the country, said CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) Chairman and CEO Wilson H. Taylor, speaking today to the International Platform Association's annual convention.
 "Many realistic, practical solutions are underway or being proposed," said Taylor. "Unfortunately, partisan politics, as it often does, appears to be slowing the movement toward political action."
 Taylor, who heads one of the country's leading health insurers and managed care providers, observed that nearly everyone agrees we need to change this nation's health care system; the problem is finding realistic, practical solutions. He dismissed nationalized, government- run health care and the so-called "play-or-pay" proposals as efforts that would "create more problems than they would solve."
 Taylor urged consideration of several specific proposals that have bipartisan support and would immediately address the problems of controlling costs and increasing access. "Interested participants -- including my own industry -- must take necessary steps to reduce costs and increase access," said Taylor, mentioning the following examples:
 -- Health insurers reducing administrative costs by requiring uniform claim forms and electronic claims administration;
 -- Physicians improving collection and dissemination of medical outcomes research, publishing their fees and self-regulating the ownership and use of testing facilities;
 -- Hospitals improving efficiency by eliminating duplicate facilities and helping patients make rational choices by publishing fees for various procedures and care;
 -- Lawyers, if they want to take a bold step in the public interest, supporting medical liability law reform;
 -- Federal and state regulators and legislators encouraging the use of managed care;
 -- Managed care companies supporting regional centers of excellence for high-risk procedures; and
 -- Patients asking questions about their treatment, understand the costs of alternative procedures and develop lifestyles that encourage good health.
 "We urge legislators to take the best ideas, whatever, their political history, and move forward as quickly as possible to make the kinds of changes that will make a real difference to health care costs and provide access for those now covered," said Taylor. His speech followed his acceptance today of the Forbes Magazine "Top Business Speaker of the Year Award."
 The CIGNA companies are leading providers of insurance, health care, employee benefits, pension and investment management, and related financial services to businesses and individuals worldwide.
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