The nation's large managed-care firms increased their congressional lobbying expenses by at least 32% in the first quarter of 1994 over their 1993 quarterly averages, according to a report released last week by the Washington-based consumer group Public Citizen.
For the first quarter of 1994, the top 10 managed-care companies in beneficiaries and the two trade groups that represent them spent nearly $308,000 on lobbying, compared with a per-quarter average of less than $233,000 in 1993.
The companies surveyed included Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Life & Casualty Co., Cigna Corp., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Prudential Insurance Company of America, but do not include Kaiser Permanente, which did not file disclosure forms with the House and Senate, according to the report.
Of the managed-care firms, the Blues have spent the most-$672,491-on lobbying for the 15-month period ended March 31. Aetna was second at $209,423.