Sunday, April 16, 2006

Coalition Called Healthcare for Austin Says Yes on Prop. 6

Austin City Council Members Brewster McCracken, Betty Dunkerley and Lee Leffingwell will introduce a coalition of supporters, Healthcare for Austin, for Proposition 6 Tuesday, April 18 at City Hall Plaza. The announcement will include leaders from the community, business, non-profit, labor and health care arenas discussing the importance of passing Prop. 6.

Proposition 6 would remove the City Charter restriction on city employee benefits and allow the city to offer inclusive and comprehensive health insurance benefits that work best for all employees and their families. Passing Proposition 6 is right thing to do for health care, good business practice, fairness and economic development.

McCracken, Dunkerley and Leffingwell sponsored the council action to put Proposition 6 to the voters on May 13. Prop. 6 asks: Shall the City Charter be amended to restore a city employee's ability to purchase additional benefit coverage, by repealing Article IX, Section 4 (Employee Benefits) of the City Charter?

What: Press conference announcing a coalition of supporters, Healthcare for Austin, for Proposition 6 on the May 13 city ballot. Discuss reasons and need to pass Prop. 6.

Where: City Hall Plaza, 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

When: Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Who: City Council Members; employee and public safety labor leaders; community, business, non-profit and health care leaders.

Healthcare for Austin is a coalition of Austinites working to lift the City Charter restrictions on city employees' options to purchase health insurance for their family members.


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