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Study Shows Hotels, Restaurants Provide Worst Health Coverage

A new study finds that job-based health insurance for Californians continues to fade. The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Policy Initiatives found employers provided coverage to less than half th

Study Shows Hotels, Restaurants Provide Worst Health Coverage

A new study finds that job-based health insurance for Californians continues to fade. The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Policy Initiatives found employers provided coverage to less than half their employees in 2005. The study also found huge gaps in medical coverage among seventeen industries.

Susan Duerksen is one of the study's authors.

Duerksen : Some industries are doing their fair share and covering the majority of their workers with health insurance but others are leaving the cost to taxpayers and to other businesses and to all the rest of us.

Hotels and restaurants are among those providing the least benefits. Less than 20 percent of those workers had job-based coverage. The study comes as lawmakers in Sacramento are debating healthcare reforms.

While the authors didn't endorse a specific plan, they urged governments to leverage for health insurance when negotiating contracts with companies.