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Confused by Health Care Proposals? Here’s SHRM’s Guide!

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With both the cost of health care and the number of uninsured workers rising, several policymakers have offered reform proposals at both the federal and state levels. To help HR professionals better understand these health care plans and their impact on employees and employers, SHRM created a special guide titled Understanding Health Care Reform: A Comparison of Major Federal and State Health Care Initiative.

The guide, which is organized in two parts (federal and state), is a reference tool that describes the major health care reform proposals that are likely to be debated in 2007 – 2008, and during the upcoming presidential campaign. 

 The federal sectioncompares four leading national proposals being advanced by Congress and the Bush Administration.  All are designed to increase access to health care, but they differ in how to achieve this goal and how they impact the role of employers in delivering health benefits to employees.

  The state sectioncompares four different approaches from California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.  A key element in each proposal is a requirement that employers either provide coverage to their employees or pay a penalty to fund state-sponsored health care coverage.

If you would like a printed copy of  Understanding Health Care Reformor if you have questions about health care reforms in general, please e-mail Lisa Hornin SHRM’s Government Affairs department or telephone her at 703/535-6352.

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