June 1, 2006|
CAHI Releases 'Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2006'
Updated Report Highlights Popular State Mandates
ALEXANDRIA, VA --At a time when
the number of people without health coverage is growing, it is important
to recognize that mandates make health insurance more expensive
and that some employers or individuals will not be able to afford
it. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance's (CAHI) independent
team of actuaries has estimated that, depending on where one lives,
mandates can increase the cost of a policy between 20 and 45 percent.
CAHI closely monitors state mandate legislation
nationwide; and we see mandate "trends" developing long
before many others. CAHI's Director of Research and Policy Victoria
Bunce and Government Affairs Specialist Vlasta Prikazsky have updated
the 2005 version and released "Trends in State Mandated Benefits,
2006," which identifies some of those trends: which state mandates
are growing in popularity among state legislators and in which states.
To learn more about current trends in state mandated
benefits, please go to CAHI's "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2006," at www.cahi.org;
and while you're there CAHI also has an existing publication "Trends in State Mandated Benefits, 2006" that outlines
each mandate, which states have the mandated benefit, and the percentage
range of how much each benefit adds to a cost of a policy.
Founded in 1992, CAHI is a non-profit research
and advocacy association whose mission is to develop and promote
free market solutions to America's health care challenges. CAHI's
membership includes health insurance companies (active in the individual,
small group, HSA and senior markets), small businesses, physicians,
actuaries and insurance brokers.