Here is a tale of two news releases, one week apart. The change, we are told, reflects discussions among the offices involved.
Thursday, April 8 at 11 a.m.
Comptroller Maragos: Contrary to Obama’s Health Care Promises, the County’s 2011 Health Insurance Premiums set to skyrocket
Nassau will face tough choices to come up with the millions of dollars necessary to cover increases
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos
WHAT: Maragos will discuss the increase in health insurance premiums for 2011 and the effect it will have on the County
WHERE: 240 Old Country Road 2nd Floor in Mineola
WHEN: Thursday, April 8 at 11 a.m
For Immediate Release April 15, 2010
Maragos, Mangano and Schumer Will Lead the Fight to Reduce Potential Hike in Statewide Health Insurance Premium
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, County Executive Edward Mangano, and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer met in Mineola to discuss the proposed 13.4% to 22.5 % increase in health insurance premiums confronting municipalities for 2011. The New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) covers over a million workers throughout New York and the impact of the increase affects all municipalities such as school districts, counties, towns and villages.
The final rate increase will be announced in October by NYSHIP, following negotiations with private insurance companies. In the previous eight years, final NYSHIP premium increases have averaged 8%, but the actual increase to premiums has been much lower.
“If these premium increases are allowed to come into affect they will cost Nassau County up to $52.8 million more than 2010 and will have a devastating effect on the County finances as well as on the hard pressed local tax payers,” Comptroller Maragos stated.
"It is no secret that Nassau County cannot shoulder anymore financial burdens,” said Mangano. “ Working with Senator Schumer and Comptroller Maragos, we will continue to explore ways to prevent this job-killing tax hike from being passed on to families and employers who are already struggling to make ends meet."
"I will work with my partners in Nassau County, County Executive Mangano and County Comptroller Maragos, to ensure that NYSHIP uses all of its leverage when negotiating with private insurance companies so that the County is not made to pay more than it can afford to maintain coverage for its workers,” said Senator Schumer.