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Prominent Philanthropies and Businesses Join Freelancers Union to Pioneer New Health Insurance Model
Date:12/8/2008

he philanthropic investors have taken an entrepreneurial approach to support the nation's evolving workforce and provided significant support to make the launch of FIC possible.

"As more and more people take on non-traditional work arrangements, they need a new way to come together for the benefits customarily delivered through employers, including health insurance. Through the Portable Benefits Network, Freelancers Union has successfully provided benefits attached to the individual, rather than the employer, to thousands of previously uninsured workers, for the past eight years," said Sara Horowitz, executive director of Freelancers Union. "We are overjoyed about the launch of Freelancers Insurance Company because of the flexibility it affords us in customizing health insurance plans, now that we are not at the whim of the insurer. This is one giant step in a long, thoughtful effort to create a new safety net for the nation's independent workforce."

"As part of the Governor's Partnership for Coverage, we have been working on significant reforms to make quality, affordable health insurance available to all New Yorkers," said Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo. "As these broad reforms continue to be developed and implemented, Freelancers Insurance Company offers the promise of a lower-cost health insurance alternative for independent workers right here, right now. We look forward to continue working with Freelancers as this exciting experiment unfolds."

The more than 19,000 New York-based people who are currently insured by Empire BlueCross BlueShield through Freelancers Union have been provided with information to participate in open enrollment, which began on November 11, 2008 and will end on December 31, 2008. Thus far, the rate at which members are enrolling under the new plans is outpacing previous enrollment periods for Freelancers Union. The carrier switch to FIC will be seamless and w
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