Union: Hundreds lack health insurance at Taj Mahal casino

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.

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