This is excerpted from California HealthLine:
On Thursday (June 27, 2013) the California Assembly rejected a bill (AB 880) that would have penalized large employers if they do not pay workers enough to keep them out of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune, Los Angeles Times, 6/27).
Details of Bill
Under the bill — which was introduced by Assembly member Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) — the Affordable Care Act threshold for fining businesses would have been lowered so that large employers would be penalized if their part- or full-time workers are enrolled in Medi-Cal.
While the amount of the fine had not been specified, the penalty could have been about equal to the cost of providing job-based coverage.Funds raised from the penalty would have been used to increase Medi-Cal reimbursements for health care providers and subsidize state costs for the program.
Details of the Vote
Forty-six Assembly members voted in favor of the bill, eight votes short of the two-thirds majority required for passage.
The legislation previously had failed on three separate roll-call votes (Sanders, Sacramento Bee, 6/28). However, the measure could be called for reconsideration as early as next week, according to the Times (Los Angeles Times, 6/27).
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