Not that there isn't something to the HIAA
's trepidations, however, he acknowledges.
According to the HIAA
, a typical policy cost about 5 percent less in 1996 than it did in 1995.
The heart of the problems at HIAA
is that health insurance as asset protection and risk transfer has been supplanted by prepaid medical plans that attempt to socialize the cost of health care.
We were able to compare the data from the HIAA
survey of employers with those of the NMCES and the EHICS.
The essence of the HIAA
proposal, according to Schramm, guarantees that all small business groups (between three and 25 employees) can buy health insurance plans regardless of the health of their employees.
In a separate survey conducted by Public Opinions Strategies in August 2003 also for HIAA
, 13 percent of the employers asked said they were likely to offer a consumer choice plan to their employees next year, and another 27 percent say they intend to do so sometime in the next five years.
BCBSA represents 42 Blues plans across the country that cover nearly 89 million people, Parker said, noting that AAHP and HIAA
have a broader constituency and thus would have more issues to address than BCBSA.
President Chip Kahn says that existing rules already allow physicians to get together to discuss quality of care issues.
The latest HIAA
(1996) figures indicate that more than 1,500 employers offer long term care insurance to their employees and retirees.
Employing data from the HIAA
, standard operating procedures by different hospitals may vary considerably in cost.
"Getting a bypass now is like getting a burger," remarks Linda Jenckes, of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA