Many of the health insurance co-ops, including Health Republic of New York, are winding down operations this year. This will require many people to find new health insurance coverage, including over 100,000 New Yorkers.

One of the core reasons the Freelancers Union was formed was so that independent workers have access to the same benefits as traditional employees. Much has changed since we were founded, but the need for health benefits is as important as ever. No independent worker should be left out in the cold.

We have remained committed to helping our membership by working with insurance companies to provide dependable health insurance at a reasonable cost.

As replacements for your current plans, our partners are offering 15 different comprehensive insurance plans from catastrophic to platinum levels of coverage in the 2016 open enrollment season. And if you’re in New York City or Brooklyn, Freelancers Medical also offers its members great solutions for those in need of a new Primary Care Physician. We want to make it easier to find the right coverage for your busy freelance life.

And by getting these benefits, you help support our advocacy efforts in the freelance community, like our unpaid wages campaign.

To start the enrollment process with us for 2016 coverage, you can visit www.freelancersunion.org/needanewhealthplan before open enrollment. We’ll get your key information and reach out in November when you are legally allowed to enroll.