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Study: Most Workers Have To Wait Longer For Health Insurance Than Congress


"Seventy-four percent of covered workers face a waiting period before coverage is available. Covered workers in the Northeast are less likely (64%) than workers in other regions to face a waiting period." the report reads. "The average waiting period among covered workers who face a waiting period is 2.2 months.... Thirty-one percent of covered workers face a waiting period of 3 months or more."

That percentage is even higher in West's old field -- health care -- where a full 86 percent of workers have to endure a waiting period that averages 1.9 months.

You can download the entire report here (PDF), though it's fairly sizable. The relevant information can be found on pages 44 and 52 of the report.

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