Overhaul of San Francisco Health Care System Sought

SF legislator wants city to expand healthcare coverage it provides.

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    San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, center, is aiming to overhaul San Francisco's healthcare law.

    With the Affordable Care Act sign-up window closed, a San Francisco lawmaker wants the city to offer more healthcare.

    Changes to Healthy San Francisco -- the city's landmark health offering to the poor and uninsured -- and a new program called Covered California that would make purchased health insurance cheaper with an extra subsidy would be created under a plan from Supervisor David Campos, according to reports.

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    Currently, San Francisco employers are required to offer healthcare or to pay for it somehow -- which leads to the surcharges on some restaurant bills in the city.

    Campos wants to tighten the law so that money goes to pay for employee healthcare guaranteed, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Right now, the money goes into accounts that can be drained by the employer if the employee doesn't go to the doctor.

    The money would also cover subsidies that would make Covered California plans, some of which are unaffordable for people spending over $1,000 on rent, cheaper, the newspaper reported.

    Campos was to introduce his legislation Tuesday.