MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION
Date: June 08, 201-
Act to amend the insurance law and public health laws by requiring insurers to provide certificate
holders with at least thirty days prior written notice of termination of group health insurance coverage.
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. Our members believe that everyone should have access to
basic, affordable health insurance. We oppose health insurance mandates that increase premium
costs and decrease accessibility of basic, affordable health insurance. This bill seeks to amend
existing law by requiring written notice to consumers upon termination of group health insurance.
WE OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
- While the intention of this regulation is to protect consumers, the ultimate impact could
realistically be increased business costs passed on by carriers through additional fees and
assessments. Furthermore, this bill will unduly penalize small businesses that forced
to cancel their policies as a result of high costs by assessing the additional expense of
notification. As small businesses struggle to absorb annual double-digit premium increases,
the best course of action that could taken by New York State to protect consumers would
be “do no harm” in terms of any types of any new fees, assessments or regulations such as
this which could impact premiums.
- The face of health insurance is changing in light of current federal reform. Rather than
creating new regulations and adding further confusion to an already complex problem,
the New York Legislature should allow the federal government to take the lead, adopting
a “wait and see” attitude to determine whether this type of regulation is being addressed
- Health insurance costs remain the greatest concern among this state’s business community,
especially among small businesses. We fear that additional regulations could ultimately
make the product unaffordable to many who already struggle under the burden of their
premiums. All mandates, regardless of their type, ultimately increase product/consumer
For these reasons, the Employer Alliance for
Affordable Health Care asks you to oppose A6647-A.
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.