Secretary fails to recognize state's situation

March 2, 2010

Editor’s note: Michigan Blues President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp sent a letter to U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding her news conference about insurance company rate increases.

Secretary Sebelius:

Thank you for your leadership in advancing and advocating for much-needed health care reform in our country. We agree that reform is needed to protect the health of Americans now and into the future. As a nonprofit health insurance carrier, we already operate as Congress and the President's administration would like insurers to behave in a post-reform environment, including accepting everyone and not setting or raising premiums based on health status. We all agree it is important to focus on the facts that will help us meet our shared goal to reform health care.

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