Creating A New Health Insurance Paradigm


Wye River Group on Healthcare to Release Pioneering Report on Consumer Directed Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 15, 2001) - Too often the health care debate in Washington comes down to a dispute between seemingly conflicting priorities. Should we seek to reduce the number of uninsured, possibly forcing people into cost-conscious managed care? Or, should we seek to curb the abuses of managed care for those who have it at the risk of adding to the number of uninsured?

In an attempt to accomplish both goals, the Wye River Group on Healthcare, a bipartisan collection of experts from the business, health insurance, medical, policy and Congressional communities will release a groundbreaking report at a Congressional briefing on October 17. (This Congressional briefing has been rescheduled from Sept. 12.)

The year-in-the-making report, "An Employer's Guide to Consumer-Directed Healthcare Benefits," provides employers with practical "how to" advice on how they can establish health benefits under current law that provide their employees with greater choice, flexibility and responsibility. It also discusses possible reforms Congress and the Administration could make that would lessen the obstacles to the growth of this new wave of health benefits.

Who:

Wye River Group On Healthcare

What:

Congressional Briefing To Discuss & Release An Employer's Guide to Consumer-Directed Healthcare Benefits

When:

9:00 am to Noon
October 17, 2001

Where:

HC6 U.S. Capitol


The briefing will feature a panel discussion moderated by Julie Appleby of USA Today, which will focus on the possibilities and nuances of moving to a consumer-directed system. Participants will include Rep. DeMint (R-S.C.), Dean Clancy of Majority Leader Dick Armey's office, John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), Jeff Lemeux of the Progressive Policy Institute, Tony Miller of Definity Health, Karen Williams of the National Pharmaceutical Council, Ann Killian of TRW, Cathy Schoen of the Commonwealth Fund, and Jon Comola of the Wye River Group on Healthcare.

Finally, Tony Miller of Definity Health, Jess Parks of Channelpoint and Brian Medford of CyberDialogue will describe employer proclivity for a consumer-based health insurance system and emerging enabling technologies.

Partnering and supporting the Wye River Group on Healthcare in producing the report, which has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, were the National Center for Policy Analysis, the National Chamber Foundation, the National Pharmaceutical Council, Definity Health, Schering Plough, TRW, American Medical Group Association, Democratic Leadership Council/ Progressive Policy Institute, and the Emerson Company.

The Wye River Group on Healthcare is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.