The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has published a report promoting the value of state health insurance coverage mandates.[@@]
The Blues often fight what they believe to be ill-considered mandates, but the group has put out the report to fight a proposal by the Bush administration to create a system of federally regulated association health plans.
The association plans might be exempt from most state health insurance mandates.
Supporters of the association plan proposal say it would simply give small employers the same flexibility that large employers now enjoy when they create self-funded health plans that are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.