BASIC HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. INITIATIVE STATUTE • Requires employers to provide basic health care coverage for employees working specified hours, and their dependents, as permitted by federal law. • Provides phase-in period. • Employee contributions shall not exceed 2% of wages: eliminates duplicate coverage; specifies type of health care benefits, including prescription services. • Subjects health carriers to enforcement powers of Insurance Commissioner or Commissioner of Corporations and prohibits exclusion based upon prior disease, disorder, or condition. • Establishes Health Care Coverage Commission and panels for Medical Policy, Cost Containment, and Technology. • Provides employer tax credits. • Makes appropriations for commission support. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Potential state general tax revenue losses of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars annually, in the short term. The longer-term impact on general tax revenues is unknown. • State revenue losses of hundreds of millions of dollars annually from expanded use of the small business health care tax credit. • State savings in the range of $250 million annually to the Medi-Cal Program. • County savings of potentially more than $100 million annually. • Net fiscal impact of the measure is unknown.
Popular Vote Results
Y: 3255302; A: 30.81; N: 7310637; B: 69.19
Richard F. Corlin, M.D., President, California Medical Association
Mary E. Foley, Rn, President, California Nurses Association; Martyn B. Hopper, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business/California; Lewis K. Uhler, President, The National Tax-Limitation Committee
Rebuttal Against Author
Mary Ann Valentine, Working Mother
Basic Health Care Coverage. California Proposition 166 (1992).