Agenda Item 11
March 3, 2015
Robert H. Drwnmer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 5-15, Contracts and Procurement - Health Insurance
Bill 5-15, Contracts and Procurement - Health Insurance Preference, sponsored by
Councilmember Navarro, was introduced on February 3, 2015. A joint Government Operations
and Fiscal PolicylHealth and Human Services Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for
March 19,2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Bill 5-15 would create a preference in the competitive procurement of services by the
County for a business that provides health insurance for its employees. The Bill would also require
the County Executive to adopt a regulation implementing this preference. The public health and
welfare is better served if each County resident has access to affordable health care.
Congress recognized this when enacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Although the Federal mandate for employers with more than 100 employees to provide its
employees with affordable health insurance began this year and the mandate for employers with
50 99 employees is scheduled to begin in 2016, there are still many smaller employers in the
County who do not provide health insurance for their employees. Bill 5-15 would encourage a
County bidder to provide affordable health insurance for its employees by giving these bidders a
preference in the competitive process. Councilmember Navarro outlined her reasons for
introducing this legislation in a memorandum attached at ©8.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
F:\LAw\BILLS\1505 Contracts· Health Insurance Preference\PH Memo.Docx