In MLive column, Blues spokesman cites benefits of modernized Michigan health insurance system

In MLive column, Blues spokesman cites benefits of modernized Michigan health insurance system

With the state House of Representatives expected to take up legislation to transition Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual insurer, consumers and Blues members “will benefit from a discussion that is factual and free of alarmist rhetoric,” writes Andrew Hetzel, vice president for Corporate Communications.

In a guest column published Thursday on MLive.com, Hetzel writes that Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal presents Michigan with a unique opportunity to create a functional, modern system of health insurance.

This proposal passed the Senate in October with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Senate process was thorough. It began in 2011, with a series of public hearings conducted by the Senate Insurance Committee, and continued this year with four more public hearings and testimony from more than 25 individuals and organizations. The Senate amended its legislation to include suggestions of consumer advocates, the attorney general, and Blue Cross’ competitors.

Read the rest of Hetzel’s column here.

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