WASHINGTON – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association issued the following statement today on Senate healthcare reform legislation: “Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to ensuring that everyone, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, can obtain the healthcare coverage they need at a price they can afford. If there is no longer a requirement for everyone to purchase coverage, it is critical that any legislation include strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and keep it year-round. A system that allows people to purchase coverage only when they need it drives up costs for everyone. Immediate funding for the cost-sharing reduction program also is essential to help those individuals most in need with their out-of-pocket costs, so they can access medical services. And dedicated funds must be provided to help pay for the care of those with significant medical conditions. In order to ensure a stable individual insurance marketplace, any final legislation must include these crucial elements to avoid steep premium increases and diminished choices that would make coverage unaffordable and inaccessible.” Read the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Message to Our Members on the Future of U.S. Healthcare.