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

hile members will be provided with new cards and improved plans, they will be able to continue to use their current doctors and health care providers under the BlueCard PPO provider network. As membership increases and the organization continues to evolve, FIC will annually survey its members on their needs to ensure that the benefit offerings remain suitable for this growing constituency group. The independent workforce, defined as freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contract workers, contingent employees and the self-employed, is currently comprised of more than 30 million workers across the nation.

"The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support the groundbreaking work of the Freelancers Union as a part of its $70 million Campaign for American Workers," said Judith Rodin, president of the Foundation. "As the 20th century's social contract frays, independent workers – contractors and freelancers who comprise almost one-third of America's workforce – need new tools and rules to help them access high-quality, affordable health care. The Freelancers Union is pioneering these solutions and helping to weave a 21st century economic safety net."

"Viable ideas for expanding health insurance coverage are rare; this initiative is an excellent example of innovation that could spread insurance coverage to thousands of workers statewide," said NYSHealth President and CEO James R. Knickman. "The New York State Health Foundation has its roots in earlier efforts to make health care more affordable and accessible, and we are committed to reducing the number of uninsured through initiatives like this one."

At the present time, FIC offerings are only available to eligible independent workers in the New York metropolitan area. However, Freelancers Union offers health insurance to independent workers in 30 additional states through Golden Rule, and dental insurance i
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