A New Model for Healthcare

A New Model for Healthcare

Five years ago, freelancers came together to build something great. By pooling our collective resources, we started a social-purpose insurance company whose profits went back to keeping freelancers healthy -- not to shareholders.

Then after listening to the needs of those tens of thousands of freelancers, we built Freelancers Medical, a...

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Happy Birthday, Freelancers Medical! (A Mini-Contest)

Happy Birthday, Freelancers Medical! (A Mini-Contest)

It's Freelancers Medical's birthday, but we want to give you a gift!

A year ago, thousands of New York freelancers came together to build something awesome: Freelancers Medical, a $0 copay primary care program in Brooklyn just for freelancers.

If you use Freelancers Medical, we're so happy...

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See what we're building at 408 Jay St., Brooklyn!

See what we're building at 408 Jay St., Brooklyn!

As part of the New York Times' Sunday Routine feature, our founder, Sara Horowitz, took a reporter to the site of the soon-to-be-open, freelancer-focused, primary care practice in Downtown Brooklyn.

The practice will serve only Freelancers Insurance Company members.

We're expecting the practice will open in early November -- and...

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Medical Homes — Innovation for the New Workforce

The freelance workforce is driving New York City’s economy – and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today made that fact crystal clear in her State of the City address.

 

And just as important, she’s putting the city’s money in the pot to help support new ways to bring...

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Bartering for Health Care

Is it just me, or have you noticed more programs where you can barter art or manual labor in exchange for health care or dental work? I first read about this last year in DailyFinance, which outlined a program in which people could earn credits for each hour they devoted...

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Microinsurance: Learning from Insuring the Poor

micro.jpgAt Freelancers Union, we’re always looking to learn more about innovative methods of community-building and social justice. Recently, we were fortunate to have health insurance guru Rick Koven, who has worked with Freelancers Union to build our benefits over the last 10 years, give a presentation on international efforts...

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The Future of Health Care

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Health Care Debate: Take It Onstage

The cynic says, "If it bleeds, it leads." The idealist says, "Nothing makes a point like a good story." How wonderful, then, that just as the health care reform legislation comes under attack all over again (anyone else experiencing mildly traumatic flashbacks?), writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith is taking...

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Looking Ahead to Open Enrollment

With fall now in full swing, the annual open enrollment period for Freelancers Insurance Company health insurance is just around the corner. Open enrollment is the only time of year that you can change health insurance plans or add family members to your plan without a qualifying event like a...

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Fox Asks About Health Care Reform and Freelancers

Fox Business news asks how the passage of the health care bill will affect freelancers. Our founder and Executive Director Sara Horowitz explains that there are two critical changes all freelancers can be thankful for: an end to insurance companies keeping people with pre-existing conditions out of the system, and...

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