MVP Health Care CEO David W. Oliker Issues Statement on Health Care Reform

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“MVP Health Care is committed to meaningful health care reform. This reform must control health care costs, expand access to health insurance for the uninsured and protect consumers from exclusions for pre-existing conditions. From MVP’s perspective, the health reform bill now before Congress is flawed and needs to be reworked," said MVP Health Care CEO David W. Oliker

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We also have concerns about funding cuts for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Cuts in the House bill and the version backed by the White House would make Medicare Advantage plans unaffordable for many older New Yorkers.

MVP Health Care president and CEO, David W. Oliker today released the following statement on proposed health care reform legislation:

“MVP Health Care is committed to meaningful health care reform. This reform must control health care costs, expand access to health insurance for the uninsured and protect consumers from exclusions for pre-existing conditions. From MVP’s perspective, the health reform bill now before Congress is flawed and needs to be reworked."

"Sadly, this reform plan will increase health insurance premiums in New York state due to new federal excise and premium taxes without significantly reducing rising health care costs."

"New Yorkers already have the consumer protections built into the bill. So for New Yorkers, health insurance costs will go up and we will all pay more for health insurance that is comparable to what we already have."

"We also have concerns about funding cuts for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Cuts in the House bill and the version backed by the White House would make Medicare Advantage plans unaffordable for many older New Yorkers."

"Meaningful health care reform is essential, but this reform bill is a step backward. We need reform that reduces health care costs, protects consumers and promotes high quality care. Congress and the White House should take the time to get health care reform right."

Founded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a regional, not-for-profit health insurer based in Schenectady, N.Y. Through its operating subsidiaries, it provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to 760,000 subscribers in New York State, Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, visit: http://www.mvphealthcare.com.

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