The theme of the lead article in your May 11 issue ("Pro-insurance policy?" p. 2)-that the American Hospital Association's policy on managed-care consumer protection legislation is linked to the fact that some organizations represented on the AHA's board own or have an interest in HMOs-could not be more off the mark.
The AHA's current position in support of private efforts on consumer protection rather than new, potentially erroneous federal legislation, is the result of extensive debate by our nine regional policy boards. They represent a broad cross-section of AHA members. State and metropolitan associations also were consulted extensively.
The AHA's board listened hard to the concerns of the members and supported a policy reflecting those concerns. Any other interpretation is just plain wrong.
American Hospital Association