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Cab Drivers Host Health Care, Medicaid Fairs

by David Kreisman  |  February 11, 2016

Cab Drivers Host Health Care, Medicaid Fairs Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 organizer Rick Surber signs in a member at the local’s Medicaid sign-up and health insurance information event. (Photo by David Kreisman)

CHICAGO - With Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace deadlines approaching, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 partnered with Working America in January to host two health care fairs to help drivers sign up for health insurance on the ACA marketplace, or apply for Medicaid if they qualify.

More than 100 drivers came out to the O’Hare DePaul campus, with the vast majority applying for Medicaid.

“We’re seeing a 50 percent drop in business due to unregulated services like Uber, on top of all the expenses we have just to operate,” said Nnamdi Uwazie, a veteran Chicago cab driver and Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 member. “Most of us here today qualify for Medicaid.”

“It’s important for cab drivers to understand that they need to factor in their operating expenses when determining health insurance options,” Uwazie said.  “Many of us are paying for insurance on the marketplace, when we could be getting free insurance through Medicaid due to our incomes dropping so much.” 

In the coming weeks and months, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 will hold additional Medicaid signup fairs. Dates and locations will be posted on www.CabDriversUnitedAFSCME.org.

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