Bay State: New law 'not a concern'

Sunday, December 31, 2006

BOSTON - HME providers in Massachusetts don't expect to struggle under a new state law that requires companies with 10 or more employees to provide health insurance beginning Jan. 1.
"It's not really a concern," said Gary Sheehan, general manager of Cape Medical Supply in Sandwich, Mass., which employs 40. "We already offer health insurance to our employees. I think most of our colleagues are in the same boat."
Steven Callan is. The president of New England Medical Homecare in Amherst, Mass., also offers health insurance to his 11 employees.
"It's tough, but we've always done it," he said.
Providers expect the law to have more of an impact on businesses like restaurants.