Yep, Demand Studios is now offering at least some of their creatives health insurance. Here’s a roundup:
Here is DS announcement: http://www.demandstudios.com/health-insurance.html.
This is what Jenn over at All Freelance Writing had to say about it: Demand Studios Health Insurance – Objective Overview of FlexShield Benefits.
Allena, the Freelance Writing Guide at About.com had a post called Demand Studios Offers Health Insurance? Whaaaat?
Deb Ng offered Demand Studios Announces Health Care Options for its Freelancers then followed up with: A Few More Words About this Whole Demand Studios Insurance Thing.
I’ve got to say I’m blown away. When I was with About.com we often asked for some sort of group health insurance to absolutely no avail. (I don’t know if it’s available to Guides now.)
Much of my career I was totally uninsured, one of the reasons I’m in favor of a Canadian-style single payer program. (Ducking for cover from some of our more conservative readers.) I’ve listened with sadness as our President first dropped single payer then went hands-off entirely. Meanwhile I’ve watched the right and the Blue Dogs chip away until the public option hardly seems worthwhile.)
Yes, I get that the DS insurance offering is anything but deluxe – but it’s something. I would have welcomed this earlier in my career and I think the company is to be commended.
Does this mean I think you should write for Demand? Heck, I haven’t a clue. If you’re making as much money as you want, if your health care is covered or mostly covered, you certainly don’t have to give Demand a second thought. Otherwise, it might be worth investigation.
What I hope is that this is just the beginning. My fingers are crossed that the successful sites that use freelancers will begin to offer benefits like this.
Come to think of it, in the U.S. companies began offering benefits during WWII when wages were frozen – benefits were a way of attracting the best workers. Could that be starting on the web? I hope so.
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