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Febuary 8, 2005
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Mental Health Proposal Shows 'Landmark Appreciation' For Employer Concerns
ALBANY - The New York State Senate displayed a "landmark
appreciation" for small business concerns by including a small group
exemption in their unlimited mental health proposal, said the chairman
of the state's largest, single-issue grassroots business coalition.
"S.1672 indicates that lawmakers have some understanding of the hardship
health insurance mandates place on business owners who are committed to
providing their employees with reasonable and affordable health
insurance coverage," said Jeff Leland, newly-elected chairman of the
Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care. "All health insurance
mandates increase costs. This unlimited mental health bill is no
exception. As costs continue to rise, so will the number of New York's
The United States Census Bureau reports that over three million New
Yorkers have no health insurance coverage. 75% of the uninsured are
working - most for small companies.
The Senate's mental health proposal addresses the problem with various
safeguards, including a clause exempting companies with 50 and fewer
employees from the mandate.
The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is the largest
single-issue grassroots business coalition in New York State. Members
are committed to preserving quality, affordable health insurance by
opposing costly mandates that contribute to New York's uninsured. For
more information, visit www.employeralliance.com.