Coverage of an enrollee or, if applicable, dependents shall not be contingent upon payment of the fee required pursuant to this part by the employer of that enrollee or, if applicable, dependents. If an employer fails to pay the required fee, for whatever reason, the employer shall be responsible to the fund for payment of a penalty of 200 percent of the amount of any fee that would have otherwise been paid by the employer including for the period that the enrollee and, if applicable, dependents should have received coverage but for the employer's conduct in violation of this section.
(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 673, Sec. 2.)