FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 06, 2005
Contact Pamela Finch
Eleventh Hour Déjà vu: Advocates Proposal Comes Too Late
A statement by Jeff Leland, chair
Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care
In an attempt to appease small business concerns, today mental health
proponents unveiled their third version of “Timothy’s Law” intended to
recognize the financial hardship of small business owners who provide
their employees with health insurance.
The Employer Alliance supports the intentions behind this legislation –
small business owners are struggling under the cost of health insurance
mandates like the mental health proposal. However, the timing of this
bill comes a little too late. With only 12 days left in the regular
session and no bill sponsors of record, this latest proposal appears a
desperate attempt at resolution that has little, if any chance, of
becoming a viable compromise.
We continue to maintain that state mandates - even those well
intentioned - are not the answer. A system of a cost and needs
analysis, before bills are passed, is the only way to truly maintain
that health insurance is affordable and accessible, to all.