WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers cannot make their new hires wait for more than three months before coverage in the company's health care plan takes effect.
The new limit is in government rules that carry out a section of President Obama's health care Law, which could make a difference as the economy gets stronger and more jobs open up.
The Kaiser Family Foundation said nearly 80 percent of workers face a waiting period before coverage takes effect. Most don't have to wait as long as 90 days. The average wait is under two months, but 30 percent have to wait three months or more.
The new rule takes effect in 60 days. The Labor Department issued the rules Thursday.
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