Chamber leaders oppose health insurance mandates

Chamber of commerce leaders are calling on the legislature to reject the 15 different bills that mandate increased health insurance coverage for various medical conditions.

“We need a moratorium on new health care mandates,” said JoAnne Ryan, president of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber leaders say the costs imposed on insurance companies will be passed on to businesses, forcing them to increase premiums and co-pays for their employees or drop coverage entirely.

“The addition of mandates will drain their coffers,” Michael Nicastro, president of the Central Conneticut Chambers of Commerce, said at a press conference Tuesday.