NU Online News Service, Jan. 27, 2005, 9:13 a.m. EST
A coalition of 50 large companies has set up a special health insurance and health discount card purchasing program for company employees who lack major medical.[@@]
The coalition, the HR Policy Association, says member employers will be offering the new National Health Access program to about 3 million uninsured part-time workers, temporary workers, contract workers, pre-Medicare retirees, workers at franchises with more than 50 employees, and workers’ and retirees’ dependents.
The workers and dependents who join the voluntary health access program must pay 100% of the fees for the discount programs and premiums for the insurance programs themselves, but the HR Policy Association says it has negotiated better rates than most workers could negotiate on their own.
Organizers note that some products, such as major medical insurance, may not be available in all states.