Looking For The Uninsured? Just Hail A Taxi Driver

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A passenger struggles to exit his taxi. Only a small percentage of the nation's 233,000 drivers have health insurance. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO (AP) — Groups working to sign up uninsured people for health coverage are making a special effort to contact taxi drivers, hoping to get many enrolled as a deadline for the nation's health law creeps closer.

Cab companies don't offer health insurance, and only a small percentage of the nation's 233,000 drivers have policies. But drivers have particular health care needs because of the hazard of traffic accidents and the long hours they spend sitting.

In Chicago, enrollment workers are catching cabbies at a convenient spot: the city office where drivers renew their licenses. Restaurant workers and community college students are being sought in targeted efforts.

The enrollment outreach has gone from a dragnet strategy to a targeted approach, as the March 31 deadline approaches.

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