Taxi drivers in New York City work as independent contractors and as such, do not have access to healthcare or disability coverage offered and funded by an employer. As a way of providing assistance to New York City taxi drivers who will be required to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has adopted rules that would require taxi drivers to pay $0.06 per taxi trip. This funding will be collected for the provision of healthcare insurance services and disability insurance. The TLC recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) that looks for respondents who will use this funding to:
- Negotiate for and purchase disability insurance coverage for eligible taxi drivers;
- Educate and advise taxicab drivers on the best healthcare plans available on the New York State Healthcare Exchange, and assist these drivers in enrolling in a healthcare plan and obtaining any available subsidies;
- Conduct outreach and advertising to eligible taxicab drivers to inform them of the services described in this RFP;
- Negotiate additional health benefits and services for taxicab drivers;
- Establish and manage an interest-bearing account to receive funds. Any interest generated may only be used toward funding the services outlined in this RFP; and
- Provide the TLC with regular data reporting on the respondent’s efforts.
To obtain a copy of the RFP, please refer to the official Notice of Solicitation located here.