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Press Release
September 8, 2004

Contact Pamela Finch
(315) 363-9657

Employer Alliance Reports Record Growth in 2004

ALBANY/ONEIDA – A record number of businesses joined the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care during the state’s 2003-2004 Legislative session, retaining the group’s standing as the largest single-issue grassroots business coalition in New York State, said Public Relations Director Pamela Finch.

The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is a coalition of small business owners, sole proprietors, chambers of commerce and other business associations committed to preserving quality, affordable health care. At a recent Board of Directors meeting, Finch reported that the organization has gained 950 new members this year, bringing total membership up to 2,100. The influx of members is due to aggressive recruitment efforts coupled by double-digit premium hikes that have plagued portions of the business community for five consecutive years.

A breakdown of Alliance members shows that more than half are businesses with five or less employees, Finch said. Three hundred thirty-one are sole proprietors and 200 members have more than 50 employees. Alliance members live and work as far west as Niagara Falls, east to Montauck and north to Adams.

The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care incorporated in 1997 to oppose health insurance mandates adopted by the New York State Legislature. These laws require insurance carriers to cover specific treatments or services, which in turn increases premiums and results in more uninsured New Yorkers. An actuary study commissioned by the group in 2003 showed the cost of funding New York’s 33 existing mandates to be $1,066 per employee per year.

To learn more about the work of the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care, visit www.employeralliance.com or contact the communications office at (315) 363-9657.