University of Wisconsin–Madison

Houston City Contractor Pay or Play Program

Type Executive Order
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Health
Local governments can require public contractors to provide health benefits to their workers, which improves labor standards and enhances competition between bidders. This executive order establishes the city of Houston's "Pay or Play Program," which requires public contracts to either provide a minimum level of health insurance coverage to their workers or contribute to a city-managed fund that offsets the cost of health coverage for uninsured residents across the metropolitan area.

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