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PARTNERS IN CHANGE COMMENTS ON HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION

 SEATTLE, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Partners in Change, a statewide public policy coalition of Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations, said state lawmakers today passed landmark health care reform legislation.
 "The legislative package passed today contains measures to correct some significant problems plaguing our health care system today," said Mel Sorensen spokesman for Partners in Change. "We plan to play a constructive part in molding a newly revised health care system in the coming decades. We will pay particular attention to any provisions in the legislation which fail to adequately address the area of cost containment."
 Sorensen added that passage of legislation is actually only the first step in what will be an ongoing process of refining the health care system. "We'll be evaluating the impact this legislation will have on our subscribers. Now is the time to really roll up our sleeves and get to work. We all must be involved in the new system and we all -- from insurers to providers to consumers to the government -- will have to change the way we interact within the health care arena."
 Partners in Change played an active role in advancing legislation during this session. The coalition effectively drew attention to the need for greater business participation in the process and the importance of balancing the reform approach with current state budget realities.
 Partners in Change was formed approximately three years ago to address health reform issues. The coalition developed a comprehensive approach to health reform which contains many of the same provisions included in the new legislation including comprehensive insurance reform and universal access to coverage for all state residents.
 The non-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations together provide health coverage to 1.8 million Washington residents.
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 /CONTACT: Abbi Kaplan of The Rockey Co., 206-728-1100, for Partners in Change/


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