Senator Gianaris Floor Speech on Disability Premium Legislation

Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris delivered a floor speech in support of his legislation to prohibit gender discrimination in disability insurance premiums. Senator Gianaris’ legislation bans insurers from charging different rates based on the insured person’s gender. Doctor Disability, a leading brokerage of disability insurance for the medical field, has stated it can cost up to 50% more to insure a female employee than a male. Small businesses in Queens have said it costs up to three times more to provide this insurance to women than men. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed similar legislation last January.