Health insurance group spent $1.6M lobbying in 3Q

by Lesley Politi on December 17, 2008

Health insurance group spent $1.6M lobbying in 3Q
Wednesday December 17, 11:43 am ET

 

Health insurance group spent over $1.6 million lobbying federal government in third quarter

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s Health Insurance Plans spent more than $1.6 million lobbying on a host of pharmaceutical, insurance and tax-related issues during the third quarter, according to a recent disclosure form.The health insurers’ trade group lobbied on the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare prescription drug price negotiations, health insurance reforms in the individual market and tax issues related to health savings accounts.

The group also lobbied on eligibility and outreach issues tied to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage to poor children. It supports standard eligibility for both that program and Medicaid in all states, and it also supports expanded eligibility for children under the SCHIP program.

Besides Congress, the trade group lobbied the White House, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others, according to the form filed Oct. 20 with the House clerk’s office.

The association has more than 1,300 members, including large managed care companies like WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc., Humana Inc. and Aetna Inc.

Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/081217/health_insurers_lobbying.html?.v=1&printer=1

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