California gig workers are entitled to a new health care subsidy, but many go uninsured

Publication: Sacramento Bee

California drivers for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other app-based companies are eligible for a health insurance stipend stemming from the ballot initiative voters approved last fall exempting those companies from a new state labor law.

But only 15% of the drivers polled have applied for the stipend, months after the ballot measure became law, according to a survey released Thursday and commissioned by SEIU 721.

The union was among the labor organizations last fill fighting the ballot initiative known as Proposition 22. SEIU also sued the state in February to overturn the initiative.