Prop 72: Small Business Health Insurance


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
With millions of Californians lacking healthcare insurance, Proposition 72 asks voters to make businesses of a certain size provide that insurance to their employees. And the latest nonpartison Field Poll shows that Proposition 72 enjoys a 16 percent margin with voters. The initiative mirrors a bill approved by the Legislature. Both require that companies with more than 200 staff pay at least 80% of workers health insurance, or pay a similar sum into a state fund that will provide that insurance. It would take effect in 2006. The threshold moves down to companies with 50 or more workers, starting in 2007.