With about 8,000 Atlantic City casino workers losing their jobs this year, a local healthcare company is launching a program to help them retain health insurance.
The AtlantiCare health care system has unveiled a program to assist workers laid-off after four casino closings in the resort this year. The casinos were the Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza.
The AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program includes education and counseling about health care and insurance as well as premium assistance with new coverage the laid-off employees find through public markets.
The program will cover up to 75 percent of the federally unsubsidized Silver Plan premium (capped at $1,200 per individual covered under the plan) available through the Health Insurance Marketplace for eligible participants, according to the Associated Press.
The premium assistance would last for up to a year, as long as the recipient pays their portion of the premium payments.
“True to our mission of delivering health and healing for all people, we evaluated how best to help our friends, family members and neighbors who have been impacted by the recent casino closures,” said AtlantiCare President David Tilton.
The program also applies to employees of businesses that operated within the casinos such as restaurants and shops.