Proposed adjustment to timeline
of San Francisco Health Access Plan
Adjustments in response to small business owner
Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Mayor Gavin Newsom
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
March 2, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - With the backing of Mayor Gavin
Newsom, San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano on Tuesday introduced
an ordinance to adjust the phasing in of the city's universal
Health Access Plan.
The program, passed last year, will to provide healthcare for
the city's estimated 82,000 uninsured residents.
The plan is not health insurance, because it cannot be used outside
of the county of San Francisco, but it would provide a variety
of medical services to participating San Franciscans.
According to the law change introduced Tuesday, the first phase
of the Health Access Plan will begin July 1 and involve the most
vulnerable, uninsured residents. The second phase will begin Jan.
1, 2008, and will involve those whose Health Access Plan is funded
by their employers.
The new phasing is in response to concerns from small business
"This legislation increases flexibility of local businesses
to help meet the health care needs of their employees, and allows
time for businesses to understand the Health Access Program so
that they can participate," Newsom said in a written statement.
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