SOURCE: California Grocers Association

September 10, 2007 17:23 ET

Grocers Urge Governor and Legislature to Address Health Care Crisis

Grocers Support Shared Financial Responsibility Between Employers, Employees and Government

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - As the Governor and Legislature continue to focus attention on the critical issue of health care reform, the California Grocers Association (CGA) urges the State's policy makers to embrace the concepts underlying the Governor's proposal to address this significant and growing public policy crisis.

CGA supports the principle of shared financial responsibility between California employees, employers and the State to fund comprehensive health care reform. Additionally, CGA supports healthier behavior and prevention and wellness incentives; financial assistance for low-income individuals; equal tax treatment for individual health care expenses; and market-based reforms which will allow access to reliable and affordable care.

The Association believes Assembly Bill 8 (Nunez) fails to address several of the critical components which will make health care reform successful. The proposal places an unfair burden on employers by failing to include a mandate on individuals to purchase health care; does not achieve universal coverage for all Californians; imposes strict penalties on employers; and, does little to incentivize healthier behaviors.

CGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin noted, "We are encouraged by the Governor's and Legislature's commitment to addressing the issues of health care access, quality and affordability and are optimistic that a solution which is both effective and equitable can be reached to mutually benefit both employers and employees in this state. CGA urges public policy makers to support shared responsibility and oppose unfair penalties on employers." He added, "We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature to develop a bipartisan solution."

The California Grocers Association is a non-profit, statewide trade association representing the food industry since 1898. CGA represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 200 grocery supplier companies. Retail membership includes chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers. The association is recognized as the industry leader in the areas of government and industry relations, public relations, education and communications. CGA maintains its headquarters in Sacramento with a satellite office in Burbank.

Contact Information

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    Dave Heylen
    V.P. Communications
    Tel: 916.448.3545
    FAX 916.448.2793
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    California Grocers Association
    1415 L Street, Suite 450
    Sacramento, CA 95814