Data and methods for estimating the effects of SB 525 on workers and the California state budget

Laurel Lucia, Enrique Lopezliraand Ken Jacobs

Appendix to the brief “California health care minimum wage: New estimates for impacts on workers, patients, and the state budget”

Our brief “California health care minimum wage: New estimates for impacts on workers, patients, and the state budget” analyzes the impact SB 525, signed into law in October 2023, is projected to have on workers, patients, and the state budget in the first year of the policy. It updates our two earlier briefs, published in April and June of 2023, which both analyzed preliminary versions of the bill.

This appendix describes our methodology, some of which is new and some of which reflects updated methodology descriptions included in our first two briefs.

This appendix includes the following sections:

1. Minimum wage schedule
2. Distribution of workers by minimum wage schedule
3. Number of affected workers and average earnings increase
4. Net increase in health expenditures
5. Increase in state Medi-Cal expenditures to providers
6. Total state budget impacts

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