FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 03, 2006
Cover the Uninsured Week Highlights Critical Issue
Today people nationwide are focusing on the hardship faced by individuals lacking health insurance during National Cover the Uninsured Week.
New York State has close to three million uninsured, a problem fueled,
in part, by the requirements of health insurance mandates. Mandates add
costly or repetitive treatments to fully-insured policies sold in NYS
which increases premiums and makes insurance less accessible.
A May 2003 study of “Mandated Benefits in New York State” (commissioned
by the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care) found that New
York’s 33 health insurance mandates equate to 12.2% of total premium
costs - $445 per policy for individual coverage or $1,066 per policy for
family coverage. Every mandate comes with a price and for those already
struggling to pay for health insurance, even a single-digit premium
increase is too much.
Lawmakers must stop passing health insurance mandates, especially now, as we focus our attention on the plight of the uninsured.
The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is the largest
single-issue grassroots business coalition in New York State - 2,500
small business owners and sole proprietors representing more than
200,000 working New Yorkers. To learn more, visit our website at www.employeralliance.com.