San Francisco Raises Employer Health Care Fees

Healthy San Francisco fee for works to go up a few cents

By Jackson West
|  Friday, Apr 16, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Tom Ammiano, center, is not loved by area restaurateurs, especially now that the Healthy San Francisco employer mandate for health care spending is going up.

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Healthy San Francisco, the innovative program to provide health care to uninsured city residents championed by former supervisor and current Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, is going to get a little more expensive for employers.

The "employer mandate" provision of the program requires businesses in the City to cover health insurance for employees or pay into the city program.

Businesses with more than 100 employees will now have to spend $2.06 per hour for all full-time workers, up from $1.96.The money can go towards helping employees with premiums to paying into health care savings accounts or, failing that, into the city program.

Employers with twenty or more employees will have to pay $1.37 per hour, up from $1.31.

The plan has been criticized, especially by the local restaurant industry, with many tacking "health care surcharges" on diner's bills.The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has challenged the employer mandate in court, and is waiting to hear if the Supreme Court will hear its appeal of a 9th Circuit decision that upheld the landmark San Francisco law.

Jackson West is pretty pleased with his Ammianocare so far.

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