35 posts categorized "Health"


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.”


San Francisco Named Top Healthiest City for Families

San Francisco Named Top Healthiest City for FamiliesMayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on Parents Magazine’s ranking of San Francisco as the top healthiest city for families, receiving high marks in the categories of medical care, healthy schools, air & water, outdoor fun and family safety:

“Parents Magazine’s ranking of San Francisco as the nation’s most family-friendly city demonstrates that our commitment to the environment and healthy and sustainable living are helping to attract and keep families in our City.


Mayor Funds Childcare and Health Programs to Preserve Services

Mayor Lee Funds Childcare and Health Programs to Preserve ServicesCity to Use Portion of Reserves to Reverse State Cuts to Childcare & Senior Health Services

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced his plan to provide funding for children and senior programs facing certain State budget cuts. Mayor Lee will use $1.9 million from the City’s Children’s Fund Reserve to offset reductions to childcare providers across the City, and $3.4 million from the City’s Reserve for State Budget Impacts to ensure that nonprofit Adult Day Health Centers in San Francisco do not close their doors on December 1, 2011 when their funding from the State is eliminated.  

“While we continue to face uncertainty regarding future State budget cuts, there comes a time to act – this is that time,” said Mayor Lee. “Last year, working together with community partners and the Board of Supervisors, we included reserve dollars in our budget that we could use to protect our most vulnerable residents. Now, with the pending State reductions to childcare providers and the elimination of funding for Adult Day Health Centers, we must take action to protect the social safety net for children and seniors.”


Mayor Lee Launches Bike Rentals in 5 City Parks

Mayor Launches Bike Rentals in 5 City ParksMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a program to provide park users the opportunity to bike around and between parks in the City. Justin Herman Plaza, Union Square, Marina Green and two locations in Golden Gate Park are now part of the ParkWide Bike Rental concession that provides a full range of bicycles including tandems and surreys and for the first time allow visitors to rent a bike in one park and drop it off in another park location. This new amenity provides a greener, healthier and more convenient way for visitors to see the City and its parks.

“The launch of ParkWide Bike Rentals in our City will benefit San Francisco small businesses, our Recreation and Park Department and the millions of people who visit our parks every year,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is truly a bike-friendly town, and our partnership with ParkWide helps create more opportunities for our citizens to get out, get active and see our world class parks.” Read more.


Board of Supervisors Approves Unanimously Pension Proposal

Board of Supervisors Approves Unanimously Pension Proposal Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on Board of Supervisors’ unanimous final approval of the proposed Charter amendment for pension and health benefits reform for the November 2011 ballot:

“After months of discussions with labor, business, community and City leaders, I am confident our consensus pension reform measure is comprehensive, fair, balanced, and responsible.

I am grateful to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd for leading these reform efforts to restructure San Francisco’s pension and health benefits, and to Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Scott Wiener and David Campos for cosponsoring our overall strategy to bring structural reforms to our City’s long term financial planning and budgeting. I thank all the Supervisors for their vote today. Read more.