Freelancers Union to stop providing healthcare to New Yorkers

The New York-based Freelancers Union will stop providing healthcare coverage to nearly 25,000 of its members, reports the New York Times. The insurer received a one-year exemption from the healthcare law so it would have time to adjust to the new provisions. But the union states that in order to stay in business, the insurer would have to raise premiums by 14 percent, which goes against its mission of providing insurance to independent workers at a low cost. Members who were covered by the union may be automatically enrolled in an Empire BlueCross BlueShield plan or could choose their own insurance. The new network will have about 20 percent fewer doctors than the old network and does not pay for out-of-network care. Article