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Jobless, or about to be, and rushing to use medical benefits

Hartford Courant, March 2, 2009

As millions of Americans lose their jobs, doctors and dentists say they're facing a new kind of medical emergency—patients eager to schedule appointments before their healthcare coverage expires. More than 60% of workers have health insurance through their employers, according to a recent report by The Commonwealth Fund. "Thus, when workers lose their jobs, they generally also lose their benefits," the report said.