NU Online News Service, Jan. 10, 11:18 a.m. – The chair of the California Senate Insurance Committee is pushing for legislation that could lead to new health insurance mandates for California employers.
Sen. Jackie Speier, D, San Francisco, who introduced the bill, S.B. 2, wants lawmakers to make developing new, expanded employment-based health insurance requirements the “intent of the Legislature.”
California had almost 6.3 million uninsured residents in 2001, and more than half of those people had jobs, according to the bill text.
“Those employers who provide for their employees’ health care are also absorbing the costs of the uninsured,” Speier writes in the bill text. “This creates an unfair business climate for those companies that provide health care coverage for their employees.”