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CONNECTICUT’S CHAMBER LEADERS ASK FOR NO NEW HEALTH MANDATES THIS YEAR - Monday, 05 April 2010 10:39

Connecticut’s Chamber Leaders Ask For No New Health Mandates This Year  

State’s Economy Too Fragile - Leaders Request a Moratorium 

HARTFORD, CT (April 6, 2010) - Leaders of the state’s Chambers of Commerce, as well as several members who operate small businesses, today stated their opposition to increasing the number of state mandates on health coverage. They explained the connection between increasing the number of mandates and the difficulty that small and medium-sized businesses will face in absorbing the costs.

According to Larry McHugh, President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, “The majority of our members represent small businesses. They are eager to make sure their employees have excellent health care coverage, but are concerned that they can’t afford the increasing number of mandates that the legislature is considering.”

Anthony Rescigno, President of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, said, “The entire country is waiting to see how the health care bill signed by President Obama will affect patients, the medical profession and insurance providers. We would ask our state legislators to wait and let businesses acclimate to the new system before adding increased costs.”

“The bills in question address many important issues: epilepsy, oral chemotherapy, and wellness programs, to name a few,” said John Leone, President of the Chamber leadership Cabinet. “These are concerns of all us, our employees and our families. But Connecticut businesses are in a precarious position and if we want to keep providing jobs to our citizens, increasing our costs will make that more and more difficult.”

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