FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENYC Housing Agency, Taxi & Limousine Commission Collaborate on HealthStat InitiativeMore than 1,200 Taxicab Drivers, Children Enrolled in Health Insurance Programs
May 13, 2002
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076
Allan Fromberg, TLC (212) 676-1013
In an ongoing effort to provide health insurance to low-income children and families throughout the five boroughs, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) have joined forces to enroll taxicab and for-hire vehicle drivers and their families in free or low-cost health insurance plans. Since the partnership began in March 2001, 1,262 children and adults have enrolled in Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus insurance programs.
"The availability of healthcare is important in keeping our city healthy," said HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine. "Through our partnership with the Taxi & Limousine Commission, we have been able to ensure that low-income families in New York City have access to quality health care."
The city launched the HealthStat initiative in March 2001. Working in conjunction with the TLC, HPD and representatives from various health plans set up enrollment stations at the TLC Licensing facility in Long Island City and at LaGuardia College, where taxicab and for-hire vehicle drivers take driver education courses. Additionally, enrollment events have been held at TLC licensing facilities throughout the city. To date, the partnership has resulted in the enrollment of nearly 500 children in the Child Health Plus program. The Family Health Plus program, which was introduced by New York State this year, has enrolled more than 700 adults in health insurance programs. For more information on enrolling in the HealthStat Program, call (212) NYC-TAXI.
"The collaboration between the TLC and HPD has been remarkably successful, and I would like to thank Commissioner Perine for making it possible," said TLC Commissioner Matthew W. Daus. "Having spoken to many hundreds of drivers, most recently at the first of what I hope are many five-borough HealthStat tours of our licensed bases and fleets, I know that access to health insurance is something that can help families as well as strengthen our regulated industries. I look forward to keeping this momentum going, and serving as many people as possible through our successful ongoing partnership."
With more than 150,000 total licensees, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is the nation's most active licensing and regulatory authority of medallion taxicabs, for-hire vehicles, luxury limousines, paratransit vehicles and commuter vans. The agency's key missions include a strong emphasis on public safety, and ensuring the highest level of customer service in its regulated industries.
HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.