According to Anna Wilde Mathews in The Wall Street Journal (11, 20) Healthy Consumer Column, around 1.2 million jobs have been lost so far this year, pushing a large number of people to deal with losing the health benefits that come with unemployment.
Kathleen Murray, of consultant Mercer, claims that the best thing to do, if possible, is to try to get coverage from a family member’s employer. There is another option called Cobra, the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. This is an employer-sponsored plan.
Several large insurers have been presenting an expanding range of plans with many benefits and prices for consumers to choose from. Mathews also recommends that people with limited incomes try to find out if they or people in their family might be able to access government coverage.