Supes to hear health-care report

Following a year of analysis, a county-appointed task force on health care coverage will issue its preliminary recommendations to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors during today’s board meeting.

Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Adult Health Care Coverage Expansion center on a package of medical services to be made available at an affordable price to qualified employers and employees.

The task force will also recommend the creation of low-cost HMO insurance through the county-controlled Health Plan of San Mateo, said Bill Chiang, aide to Supervisor Adrienne Tissier.

The task force recommended that coverage first be made available to the county’s working poor with complex or chronic health conditions.

County officials have already secured about $7 million a year in federal funds over the next three years to help subsidize the costs for more than 2,000 of those adults, county officials said.

Other task force recommendations include that businesses and their employees share responsibility to pay for coverage or low-cost HMO insurance and that private physicians and hospitals, in addition to the county hospital and physicians, offer services to those with the county coverage package or low-cost HMO insurance.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center in Redwood City.

tbarak@examiner.com

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