April 5, 2020

EASE Alliance Applauds CDP Plan To Protect Gig Economy Workers

By EASE Alliance

WASHINGTON – Today, EASE Alliance Executive Director Tracey Schmitt Lintott released the following statement applauding the new plan announced by Consumer Data Partners LP (CDP) that would provide coverage for testing and treatment of COVID-19.

“Consumer Data Partners has developed a new plan to protect members of the gig economy that are providing transportation and delivering food and supplies to Americans during this pandemic,” said Lintott. “This plan gives these essential workers peace of mind that their medical bills would be covered if they contracted COVID-19 while providing critical services. I applaud CDP finding a way to offer this plan without making a profit of any kind, in fact any excess money that has not been disbursed at the end of this tragic crisis will be returned to partners.”

In addition to CDP, the EASE Alliance supports other health plan sponsors, including Data Marketing Partnership LP (DMP), which sued the US Department of Labor (DOL) after DOL refused for more than a year to certify its health plan.

“This highlights the innovation and flexibility provided by EASE plans,” said Lintott. “The current crisis underscores how critical a favorable court ruling is to essential American workers and their families.  We cannot let DC bureaucrats take health coverage away from those on the front lines at the time when they need it most.” According to Lintott, more than 50,000 Americans are at risk of losing their health coverage – including 2020 Plan – if DOL prevails.  The US District Court’s decision had been expected in early May but may be delayed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

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