Provisions in health care reform legislation unveiled earlier this week would be harmful to the employment-based health care system, the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. says.
SIIA, Washington, also argues that the legislation does not provide enough incentives to self-insured plans. These groups are non-profit entities established solely to provide an employee benefit, it notes, while health care vendors that would provide services to the health care exchanges proposed in the bill would be more costly.
The SIIA will seek major changes in the America’s Health Future Act when the Senate Finance Committee starts to mark up the bill Tuesday, said Michael Ferguson, SIIA chief operating officer, and Cliff Roberti, its head lobbyist.
The legislation was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the committee.
The bill would create a marketplace, or exchange, where consumers would be able to compare and shop for insurance plans that meet new government specifications.
The bill would start by mandating that businesses with up to 50 employees be allowed to buy into the exchanges. If states wish to do so, they could expand that provision to businesses with 100 employees.