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

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The most dangerous behaviors by drivers include failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, unsafe speeding and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. <ins>(Courtesy SFPUC)</ins>
Changes at SFPUC spark concern, hope

Will agency’s new commissioner continue to support Big Ag?

A screenshot from SFPD body worn camera
New videos show police shooting man armed with knife, frying pan

Police say Antonio Estrada set fire to apartment building before shooting

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the Department of Public Health, said he expected San Francisco to enter the purple tier within days.
Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner
SF still in the red but expects move into purple tier ‘some time soon’

Four more counties moved into highest COVID-19 risk category by state

Most Read