34 posts categorized "Health"


Health Reform: Mayor Announces Local Open Enrollment for Affordable Care

Health Reform: Mayor Announces Local Open Enrollment for Affordable CareMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco is now participating in pre-enrollment into new health coverage options that will become available on January 1, 2014 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
San Francisco is a national leader in bringing affordable health care access to its residents and is now poised to enroll an estimated 30,000 newly eligible individuals into the expanded Medi-Cal program. Additionally, the City will support the enrollment of an estimated 40,000 uninsured individuals into other health coverage products offered through Covered California, the state’s new marketplace for purchasing coverage. Read more.


Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care Council

Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care CouncilMayor Edwin M. Lee today reconstituted the Universal Healthcare Council to examine San Francisco's implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and engage stakeholders in identifying necessary local policies to support the implementation process. Mayor Lee appointed San Francisco’s Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia to lead the council.

"Implementing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority for San Francisco," said Mayor Lee. "We are focused on enrolling residents in the Medi-Cal expansion and encouraging eligible residents to purchase affordable insurance via the Covered California marketplace. However, we also need to provide guidance to our local businesses about how the ACA integrates with our local policy – namely the Health Care Security Ordinance. This is a complicated policy issue, and I am thankful that Director Garcia has agreed to lead a data-driven process so we can make informed policy decisions." Read more.


Rebuilding Infrastructure: Mayor Announces Plan to Rebuild Two Hospitals

Mayor Announces Plan to Rebuild Two HospitalsToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisors David Campos and Mark Farrell and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) CEO Warren Browner joined together to announce their support for a new plan to rebuild California Pacific Medical Center’s healthcare facilities to ensure quality healthcare and earthquake safe hospitals for future generations of San Franciscans.

The new proposal calls for the building of two state-of-the-art, seismically safehospitals, one in the center of San Francisco’s Cathedral Hill at the corner of Van Ness and Geary streets and another in the Mission District, next to the existing St. Luke’s hospital. This far-reaching agreement was reached with the help of Lou Giraudo, owner of San Francisco’s Boudin Bakery, who, over the past few months, led a series of very frank and productive discussions between the Mayor’s Office, Supervisors Chiu, Campos and Farrell and CPMC executives. Read more.


Health Funding: Mayor Announces New HIV/AIDS Funding

Health Funding: Mayor Announcement New HIV/AIDS FundingToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Campos and Christina Olague announced the introduction at the Board of Supervisors a $1.8 million budget supplemental for HIV/AIDS care and treatment funding to protect essential services to the City’s most vulnerable despite severe budget shortfalls.

“Building upon the tremendous leadership of Leader Pelosi in Congress on the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act, San Francisco will continue to sustain investments in HIV/AIDS care and treatment,” said Mayor Lee. “Despite continued historic budget challenges, we remain committed to funding critical care services for those living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.” Read more.


Mayor Signs Health Reimbursement Account Legislation

Mayor Signs Health Reimbursement Account LegislationMayoral Executive Directive & Legislation Close Health Reimbursement Account Loophole

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued a Mayoral Executive Directive that requires City departments to collect detailed data on companies that provide health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) and requires additional education and outreach to San Francisco workers to more effectively access available health care. Mayor Lee also signed Board legislation to close a loophole in San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO). The dual action preserves the City’s groundbreaking universal health care access and protects jobs.

“We must ensure that workers have better access to health care today,” said Mayor Lee. “This Executive Directive, in tandem with recently passed legislation from the Board of Supervisors, immediately sets us on a path to improving health care access for San Francisco workers and protects local jobs. I applaud President Chiu, Supervisor Cohen, organized labor, small business owners, and the Department of Public Health for working together to strengthen our City’s landmark Health Care Security Ordinance and closing this loophole.”