Magazine article The CPA Journal

Clinton's Health Care Reform

Magazine article The CPA Journal

Clinton's Health Care Reform

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The Clinton Administration is scheduled to release its legislative proposal for the reform of the nation's health care system. In a review of the proposed system released by Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, the plan was briefly explained and outlined.

The Clinton Administration will base its reform on the concept of "managed competition"--a system that will require individuals and small employers to join in large purchasing pools and use the resulting economic power to obtain lower rates from providers.

Clinton's plan will require three basic elements:

* EMPLOYER MANDATE. Employers will have to offer health benefits to nearly all employees. If employers will be able to exclude part-time employees has not yet been determined.

* BASIC BENEFITS. Congress or a national board will determine the benefits package that all employers must make available to their employees. Those conducting the report for VPK&K expect the package to be more generous than most plans currently available. Coverage of mental health care is one area experts expect the reformed system to cover more than current plans. …

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