How Do Employers React to a Pay-or-Play Mandate? Early Evidence from San Francisco
AbstractIn 2006 San Francisco adopted major health reform, becoming the first city to implement a pay-or-play employer-health spending mandate. It also created Healthy San Francisco, a "public option" to promote affordable universal access to care. Using the 2008 Bay Area Employer Health Benefits Survey, we find that most employers (75%) had to increase health spending to comply with the law, yet most (64%) are supportive of the law. There is substantial employer demand for the public option, with 21% of firms using Healthy San Francisco for at least some employees, yet there is little evidence of firms dropping existing insurance offerings in the first year after implementation.
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- Colla Carrie H & Dow William H & Dube Arindrajit, 2011. "How Do Employers React to a Pay-or-Play Mandate? Early Evidence from San Francisco," Forum for Health Economics & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(2), pages 1-43, April.
- Carrie Hoverman Colla & William H. Dow & Arindrajit Dube, 2010. "How Do Employers React to A Pay-or-Play Mandate? Early Evidence from San Francisco," NBER Working Papers 16179, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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