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Squeezed! Caught between Unemployment Benefits and Health Care Costs

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Families USA

Author(s): Claire McAndrew; Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Topic: Health (Health services for the uninsured)
Health (Health care financing)
Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: uninsured; COBRA; HIPAA

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report examines COBRA coverage and unemployment benefits and finds that, to maintain their employer-based coverage under COBRA, most unemployed workers would have to devote an unrealistically high proportion of their unemployment check to health insurance.