Statement by Brad Wilson, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, on the Passage of Health Reform Act by U.S. House of Representatives

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Last night's passage by the U.S. House of a health care reform bill that will extend access to millions of Americans who need health insurance is historic. It's a step in the right direction. However, there is still a lot of work to do to give Americans a health care system that they can both depend on and afford.
 
In keeping with the needs of North Carolinians, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is preparing for the many changes required by the new law.  Once the Senate acts on the House's Reconciliation bill, we will have certainty about the requirements with which we must comply.
 
With millions more Americans soon to be insured, we hope Congress will build on this legislation by working to improve health care quality and more importantly, by committing to address the skyrocketing health care costs that drive the cost of insurance higher each year.
 
-Brad Wilson, President and CEO Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.7 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 77 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com.
 
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