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STATE'S LARGEST HEALTH INSURER SUPPORTS REFORM OBJECTIVES, ADVISES QUICK ACTION ON REALISTIC REFORM MEASURES

 DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina President Thomas A. Rose issued the following statement in response to the draft White House health care reform proposal:
 "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is -- and has long been -- committed to insurance industry reform, universal coverage, portability, cost containment through managed care, and a streamlined administrative system including standardized claim forms. The Clinton Administration's proposal addresses all of these objectives and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina endorses these components.
 "Recent state-level reforms enacted in North Carolina lay the groundwork for implementation of larger scale national health care reform. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has demonstrated continuous and active support of this process, a process which makes North Carolina ready to adapt to health care reform.
 "We all recognize that comprehensive health care reform must be a bipartisan effort. Reform also will require that insurers, hospitals, doctors and consumers contribute to the debate defining practical solutions for the American public.
 "We MUST move forward quickly on the components of reform on which there is broad agreement:
 -- Insurance reform to guarantee continuous access to quality care
 regardless of employment or health status.
 -- Standardization of benefits packages.
 -- Malpractice law reform to cut back on expensive, defensive
 medicine.
 -- Increased incentives to move toward managed care as a way to
 contain costs.
 -- A strategy to move rapidly toward universal coverage that builds
 on an employer-based system with subsidiaries for the low-income
 and unemployed.
 "While there is much common ground on which we agree, we are not alone voicing our concern over large, regulatory purchasing alliances and price controls, described in the administration's proposal as premium caps and global budgets. Rather than untested, high risk, big government experiments, we should move on the immediately realistic reforms that will dramatically improve the American health care system."
 -0- 9/22/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Meeker of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, 919-490-4264/


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