There's a freelancer renaissance emerging in the U.S., largely due to the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

A major shift in the relationship between worker and employer was identified in a survey of more than 1,500 human resources professionals and freelance workers, conducted jointly by Field Nation, an online work platform that connects businesses and workers, and Future Workplace, an executive development firm.

Entitled "The Gig Economy," the study "found that the Affordable Care Act is triggering companies to hire more freelance workers, especially since 2016 is when the tax penalty for uninsured workers is the highest at $695 per employee."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.