NU Online News Service, Nov. 12, 2003, 3:59 p.m. EST – The California HealthCare Foundation, Oakland, Calif., has posted a guide to California’s Health Insurance Act of 2003, or Senate Bill 2, at http://www.chcf.org

The act, often called the “pay or play law,” will require most California employers with more than 200 employees either to provide health coverage or to pay the state to provide coverage.

The foundation guide provides a detailed summary of the S.B. 2 legislation, updates on news coverage of S.B. 2, links to legislative analyses of S.B. 2 and a fact sheet on the relationship between S.B. 2 and the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Some S.B. 2 opponents say S.B. 2 clearly violates provisions of ERISA that preempt state regulation of employee benefit plans.