The California Chamber of Commerce is spearheading opposition to a state bill that would mandate publication of a list of businesses of 25 or more employees who get health coverage from Medicaid and other state programs.[@@]

Trudi Hughes, CCC legislative advocate, says she has serious concerns about A.B. 89 relating to the possibility of inaccuracies in and misrepresentation of the data collected. “We fear that it will automatically be assumed that employers who are so identified do not offer health care benefits to their employees,” Hughes says. “That is not always the case.”

Rep. Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood, Calif., says he introduced the measure in an effort to find out how many individuals who have jobs use public health care systems.

But Hughes says the data collected would not take into account the seasonal and temporary nature of employment in industries such as the restaurant business and the retail business.

The Assembly voted 46-33 to pass the bill. The bill is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee.