THE COVERAGE THAT TRAVELS

So you want to change jobs but fear you won't qualify for new health insurance because you have a chronic ailment? Not to worry. Under the health-insurance reform bill Congress passed last week, medical insurance could become as portable as a briefcase. The election-year measure, which the President says he will sign, guarantees that workers who have health insurance can obtain immediate coverage after a change of jobs--even if they suffer from heart disease or other long-term conditions. Insurance companies will be required to provide coverage to new employees within 12 months. The bill also requires insurers to renew the policies...

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