Article 4. Benefits 7454. Healthcare Subsidy. (a) Consistent with the average contributions required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a network company shall provide a quarterly health care subsidy to qualifying app-based drivers as set forth in this section. An app-based driver that averages the following amounts of engaged time per week on a network company’s platform during a calendar quarter shall receive the following subsidies from that network company: 22 (1) For an average of 25 hours or more per week of engaged time in the calendar quarter, a payment greater than or equal to 100 percent of the average ACA contribution for the applicable average monthly Covered California premium for each month in the quarter. (2) For an average of at least 15 but less than 25 hours per week of engaged time in the calendar quarter, a payment greater than or equal to 50 percent of the average ACA contribution for the applicable average monthly Covered California premium for each month in the quarter. 32 | Text of Proposed Laws (b) At the end of each earnings period, a network company shall provide to each app-based driver the following information: (1) The number of hours of engaged time the appbased driver accrued on the network company’s online-enabled application or platform during that earnings period. (2) The number of hours of engaged time the appbased driver has accrued on the network company’s online-enabled application or platform during the current calendar quarter up to that point. (c) Covered California may adopt or amend regulations as it deems appropriate to permit app-based drivers receiving subsidies pursuant to this section to enroll in health plans through Covered California. (d) (1) As a condition of providing the health care subsidy set forth in subdivision (a), a network company may require an app-based driver to submit proof of current enrollment in a qualifying health plan. Proof of current enrollment may include, but is not limited to, health insurance membership or identification cards, evidence of coverage and disclosure forms from the health plan, or claim forms and other documents necessary to submit claims. (2) An app-based driver shall have not less than 15 calendar days from the end of the calendar quarter to provide proof of enrollment as set forth in paragraph (1). (3) A network company shall provide a health care subsidy due for a calendar quarter under subdivision (a) within 15 days of the end of the calendar quarter or within 15 days of the app-based driver’s submission of proof of enrollment as set forth in paragraph (1), whichever is later. (e) For purposes of this section, a calendar quarter refers to the following four periods of time: (1) January 1 through March 31. (2) April 1 through June 30. (3) July 1 through September 30. (4) October 1 through December 31. (f) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prevent an app-based driver from receiving a health care subsidy from more than one network company for the same calendar quarter. (g) On or before December 31, 2020, and on or before each September 1 thereafter, Covered California shall publish the average statewide monthly premium for an individual for the following calendar year for a Covered California bronze health insurance plan. (h) This section shall become inoperative in the event the United States or the State of California implements a universal health care system or substantially similar system that expands coverage to the recipients of subsidies under this section.
(b) “Average ACA contribution” means 82 percent of the dollar amount of the average monthly Covered California premium. (c) “Average monthly Covered California premium” equals the dollar amount published pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 7454. (d) “Covered California” means the California Health Benefit Exchange, covered in Title 22 (commencing with Section 100500) of the Government Code.