Office of Business Opportunity
Pay or Play Program (POP)
The Pay or Play (POP) program was created to level the playing field for potential City of Houston Contractors and offset cost of caring for uninsured residents in Houston and Harris County. POP requires City of Houston contractors to either; contribute to the Contractors Responsibility Fund (CRF) for their uninsured employees (PAY) or provide employees a minimum level of healthcare benefits (PLAY). POP manages CRF which supports cost associated with administering the program as well as health programs such as the Client Access Program, the Emergency Teleheath and Navigation Program and the Call Crisis Diversion Program. The supported health programs provide affordable emergency medical resources, access to health benefits and assistance with finding social and medical services for City Contractors and the uninsured.
The Office of Business Opportunity oversees the administration of POP in partnership with each departments POP Liaison. For more information or assistance please contact your contracting departments POP Liaison (pdf link below).
POP Management System
POP is managed through an online Workforce Utilization Module developed to collect and analyze POP reporting activities and generate POP invoices. Contractors may access the Workforce Utilization Module at www.houston.mwdbe.com.
For assistance with navigating the system please review the below training links:
- Overview of Workforce Utilization Module Training Link
- Workforce Utilization Module FAQS Training Link
Client Access Program
Pay or Play Program (POP) has partnered with the Houston Health Department to provide Health Benefits/Services to uninsured individuals through the Client Access Program (CAP).
Please visit the Reports page to view all Pay or Play Reports.
Pay or Play Links
- POP Program Requirements (.pdf)
- Departmental POP Liaisons (.pdf, updated 11.09.2020)
- POP Overview Presentation (updated 11.13.2020)
- Executive Order 1-7
Pay or Play (POP) Forms
Contractor acknowledges POP Program and agrees to comply if they are the successful bidder
Filled out and submitted with bid packet by all contractors and subcontractors that are bidding on a contract that requires them to comply with POP.
Contractor chooses how they will participate in the POP Program
Filled out and submitted by the successful bidder (Contractor& Subcontractor).
List of all subs participating on the project.
Filled out and submitted by the successful bidder (Contractor).
Used as a request for a particular contract that qualifies for a waiver. (Waived upon OBO approval)
Filled out and submitted by the contracting Department only.
A request that an employee be waived from the POP Program requirements. Provides a possible exemption for certain employees that are offered health benefits, but refuse the offer.
This form will be completed in its entirety by the contractor or subcontractor and employee; and also notarized. (Waiver granted on OBO approval)
A form for a contractor that is requesting to be considered a self-insured company (Granted upon OBO approval)
Filled out and submitted by the Contractor with supporting documents.