SF Supervisors Close Supposed Loophole In Health Ordinance

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal that would close a so-called loophole in the city’s Health Care Security Ordinance.

San Francisco requires that employers finance some type of health care for workers and the legislation that was approved on Tuesday would tighten up rules on health reimbursement accounts.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Supervisor David Chiu said that this amendment would allow workers to bank their money, up to $4,200 a year, for two years.

“I think this legislation does represent a significant accomplishment for everyone who believes as I do that there is a loophole that needs to be addressed,” Chiu said.

Supervisor David Campos said that he is opposed to any banking limits, but his proposal was vetoed by Mayor Ed Lee. And while he concedes the new amendment is a done deal, he’s still not giving up the fight.

“We need to make sure that we take this to the voters so that the voters of San Francisco make sure we go down the right path,” said Campos.

He said that the approved proposal doesn’t actually close the loophole, but gives employers an incentive to put more limits on reimbursement accounts. However, Chiu said that it’s a balance between providing health care and saving jobs.

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