MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION
Date: May 11, 2010
Bill: A 4223 (Crouch)
Seeks to create a health benefit and cost commission to conduct a
comprehensive review of all current mandated benefits and an accurate
cost analysis of proposed benefits.
The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is a grassroots
coalition of more than 3,000 sole proprietors and small and medium-sized
business owners who represent more than 150,000 working New Yorkers.
The Council for Affordable Health Insurance, a national research and
advocacy organization, places New York State among the top 10 most
heavily mandated states in the nation. Due to the prevalence of this
legislation and obvious cost-impact associated with mandates, the
Employer Alliance has long advocated for New York to implement a vehicle
to study the cost and medical efficacy of mandates prior to passage.
- While we theoretically support creation of such a commission, we believe that this current proposal is unnecessary, since
New York has already begun the process of seating a commission, the
Health Care Quality and Cost Containment Commission, established in
2007. Once complete, it will serve the same purpose as the very
commission proposed in this piece of legislation.
- We urge Legislators to continue moving forward with the process
started in 2007 and finishing seating the existing Health Care Quality
and Cost Containment Commission so it can begin to study this session’s
current 90+ mandate proposals. Like 26 other states, New Yorkers deserve
this tool that will look at the cost impact of mandates prior to
passage. The Legislature has already earmarked funding and passed the
supporting legislation to create the Health Care Quality and Cost
Containment Commission. At this juncture it would unnecessary to begin
the process all over again.
For this reason, The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care asks you to oppose A4223.
The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is a
coalition of more than 3,400 employers and individuals from across New
York, representing more than 200,000 working New Yorkers, committed to
preserving quality affordable health care.