In February 2006, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom created a Universal Healthcare Council to develop a plan to provide access to health care for San Francisco's uninsured adults. This collaborative effort, comprised of representatives from the health care, business, labor, philanthropy and research communities, met for four months. The Council reviewed demographic and actuarial data, and heard from community advocates and employers to identify and quantify the needs of the uninsured.
In April 2007, SF HAP became Healthy San Francisco.
Unlike past City and County efforts to serve the uninsured, Healthy San Francisco is not health insurance. It will instead provide a primary medical home to participants, allowing a greater focus on preventive care, as well as a specialty care, urgent and emergency care, mental health care, substance abuse services, laboratory, inpatient hospitalization, radiology, and pharmaceuticals.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is responsible for the overall planning, development, implementation and on-going administration of Healthy San Francisco. San Francisco Health Plan provides third-party administration services for Healthy San Francisco, including some eligibility and enrollment activities, participant billing, customer service, marketing and communications and employer relations for the City Option. For more information on the Healthy San Francisco program, go to our Reports section.