San Francisco Board of Supervisors To Vote on Measure To Extend Health, Dental Coverage
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday plans to vote on a measure that would order the San Francisco Health Service System to consider proposals to extend health and dental coverage to city residents, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Lelchuk, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/9). Supervisor Chris Daly introduced the measure to amend the City Charter to allow HSS, which manages health benefits for city employees and retirees, to open their medical and dental plans to city residents or develop alternatives to provide coverage. If approved by supervisors, the measure would appear on the Nov. 2 San Francisco ballot (California Healthline, 5/19). Daly introduced the measure to prompt supervisors to comply with a 1998 voter mandate to establish a universal health care system for San Francisco residents, according to the Chronicle. However, the Chronicle reports that "there is no guarantee the city will create such a health plan," regardless of whether supervisors and San Francisco voters approve the measure (San Francisco Chronicle, 7/9).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.