Six months after their employer ended health care coverage, hundreds of workers at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino still have no health insurance.
A survey of 500 workers released Tuesday by Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union finds 44 percent have not been able to find health insurance on their own.
A bankruptcy judge in October allowed Trump Entertainment Resorts to cancel health and pension coverage for workers. The company gave employees a stipend toward the cost of buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but even with that, many say they have been unable to afford insurance.
Paul Smith, a longtime cook at the casino, needs surgeries on his neck, shoulder and back, but is unable to afford them.