Trucking industry welcomes U.S. health insurance changes

American Trucking Associations welcomes new health insurance proposal

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The sad fact is truck drivers are often over-represented in rates of serious health issues and ailments.

That’s a worldwide phenomenon, including in Australia.

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But proposed changes to health insurance rules in the U.S. are being described as good news for truckies.

The Trump Administration is expected to back a proposal designed to make it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to purchase health insurance.

Being put forward by the U.S. Department of Labor, the changes would see an expansion in association health plans and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) say that’s a good thing for professional drivers.

“This proposal is a step in the right direction for improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

“We were pleased in October when President Trump signed an executive order allowing self-employed individuals to pool together to purchase health insurance plans sponsored by larger associations and groups,”

“Now, we are happy to see his Administration take the next step in advancing this plan.”

The ATA says the trucking industry in the U.S. is primarily comprised of small-businesses (90% of registered motor carriers operate fewer than six trucks) making it uniquely positioned to benefit from the establishment of association health plans.

Related: Study finds unhealthy truck drivers more likely to crash

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