Several years ago, I was on a panel for a community event at which the topic was Healthy San Francisco, our local mandate that forces employers to provide health care or pay The City to do it on the employer’s behalf. When it was time for questions from the audience, one person asked, “Who makes sure those restaurant surcharges are actually going to pay for employee health care?”
I had to answer with the sad truth: “No one.” Read More
Diners in San Francisco see the note on the bill all the time — text saying a fee has been added to the tab to pay for workers’ health insurance through Healthy San Francisco, The City’s universal health care program. Read More
After months of debate, a change to how hundreds of businesses must provide health benefits for employees was approved Tuesday despite sharp criticism it did not go far enough for workers. Opponents of the compromise measure passed by the Board of Supervisors vowed to take the fight to the ballot box. Read More
For those of you keeping score at home, there are now three proposals to amend The City’s Health Care Security Ordinance — one by Supervisor David Campos, one by Supervisor David Chiu and one by Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
It’s no secret The City is a foodie capital where diners worship the people and places that produce their meals — which makes a recent rating in Zagat’s latest edition all the more perplexing. The venerable dining guide said San Franciscans are the nation’s worst tippers, at a rate of 18.6 percent. Local blogs immediately speculated the health care law surcharges are the culprit. Read More
Amid a tense political fight, a proposal to close a loophole in San Francisco’s groundbreaking universal health care ordinance was killed Tuesday. Read More
More than 80 percent of the money that companies set aside in special funds created by The City’s landmark Healthy San Francisco health care program apparently goes back into the bosses’ pockets without benefiting workers.
During a discussion Thursday about a proposal to prohibit this practice in the future, The City’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement released data indicating that 705 employers repurposed $50.1 million supposedly earmarked last year for worker health care. Read More
Did he just say that? At a mayoral debate Thursday evening focused on the power of technology in government, mayoral candidate and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty veered from the topic of technology to list what he thought was so great about San Francisco. Read More
San Francisco’s universal health care program could shed up to 60 percent of its patients and much of its costs when federal health care reforms take effect in 2014.
But city health officials say Healthy San Francisco will still be necessary because an estimated 68,400 San Franciscans will remain uninsured despite the reforms. Read More
San Francisco businesses will be forced to continue funding The City’s universal health care program after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a legal challenge to a key provision of the system. Read More