FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 02, 2006
Editor’s note: Jeff Leland is president of Leland Paper Co. in Glens Falls.
He can be reached at (518) 792-0949.
Advocates agree: Mental health proposal will raise costs
Compromise is needed on Mental Health Parity
A statement from Jeff Leland, chair of the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care
ALBANY – Proponents for an unlimited mental health mandate today
rallied to show support for bill number A. 2912-A / S. 6735-A - a
mandate which they concur will increase the cost of health insurance.
It’s ironic that such an effort would take place during a time when
people are focusing their awareness on the working uninsured. The
proponent’s legislation is ultimately ineffective in providing parity as
the end result will drive up cost and increase the number of New
Yorkers who are uninsured.
Right now the greatest concern of small businesses in New York State is
the ability to offer affordable health insurance to their employees.
Legislation promoted by the parity coalition will force small business
owners to shift costs, reduce coverage or drop their insurance
altogether. Senator Thomas W. Libous (R-C Binghamton) has offered a
reasonable compromise with S.1672, which according to Majority Leader
Bruno is supported by 85% of the parity coalition.
Keeping health insurance affordable is the only way to keep New Yorker’s
insured. This should be the top priority of our state lawmakers - not
adding new mandates.
The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is a coalition of more
than 2,500 employers and individuals from across NYS who are committed
to preserving quality affordable health care by opposing costly, and
counterproductive, state mandates.