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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This Week, Freelancers' Lives Changed

Freelancers Union has been working for over a decade on behalf of America’s 42 million independent workers to bring them the kind of social safety net and peace of mind that traditional employees often take for granted. Most important among these was always access to quality, affordable health care...

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Let Me Say This About That: I Believe We Can Come Together on Portability.

Health reform continues to dominate the news headlines as Obama pushes Congress toward a final vote. Republicans and Democrats are accusing the other side of impeding the process, but as Obama said in a speech last week, it’s not all bad: “Where both sides say they agree is that...

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Lesson learned . . . . Ouch.

This week, a friend of mine who wasn't feeling well went to see the doctor, and the doctor thought she really ought to go to the Emergency Room to see about getting some additional tests.

"I don't have any insurance," my friend said. "Where should I go?"

"Bellevue...

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Hey NY State Freelancers...important news about your insurance.

It’s hard not to follow the debate around national health care reform, huh? I wasn’t able to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner without a heated discussion with my family, and I expect the upcoming holidays to be no different. In a lot of ways that’s a good...

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New York Times gives advice for open enrollment

New York members who get insurance through Freelancers Insurance Co. are in the annual open enrollment period right now. Having gone through staff open enrollment myself, I think the New York Times makes a great point about the open enrollment experience, if you can call it that: it's no...

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This American Health Care System

After the housing crisis last year, Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life took an in-depth look at how it came to be in their episode The Giant Pool of Money. They explained mortgages, foreclosures, and the global economic system in a way even a former English major with limited...

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National Health Reform: what change will come, and when?

With Monday's announcement from Majority Leader Reid that a public “opt-out” option will be included in the Senate bill to be brought to the floor, I’m increasingly hopeful that some type of meaningful health care reform will pass.

As we’ve blogged before, our approach to national heath...

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Freelance Politics: National Health Care Policy

It's not surprising that as jobs and financial security are disappearing, health care is at the top of our personal agendas. We are asking how we can protect ourselves and if we can afford the health coverage we need. Freelancers already know what many of our fellow Americans are...

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Good News for the Youths in New York

Governor Paterson has proposed that youts (yeah, youts) up to age 29 to be covered as dependents on their parents’ insurance. Just a few months ago, Freelancers Union co-sponsored a public forum called Uninsured Young Adults in New York State. There are nearly one million of them. And while the...

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