Supes sign off on Healthy SF payments

The Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday in a 10-0 vote a resolution that allows Director of Public Health Mitch Katz to reimburse private health care providers for health care services delivered to uninsured adults under the Healthy San Francisco Program. The reimbursement will cover the term retroactive to July 1 though June 2010. The program is designed to provide health services for every adult in The City.

The contract amount is $13.3 million. It pays for those who received medical care under the program from providers outside the Department of Public Health, which include community clinics.

The funding includes around $6.6 million in contributions from employers in San Francisco participating in the Healthy San Francisco program and the roughly $6.6 million in participant fees from those enrolled in the program.

The contract amount is an estimate based on a projection in the program’s growth.

In the fiscal year that began July 1, 2008, $6.8 million was spent on reimbursements for services provided to 196,369 participants — an average cost per participant month of about $35.05, according to Budget Analyst Harvey Rose’s report.

The increase assumes an enrollment of 305,693 participants at an average cost per participant month of about $43.53, the report said.

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