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As health care reform seeks to guarantee access to affordable coverage for all Americans, nursing home and home care lobbyists are seeking an exemption to the employee coverage requirement, saying that the industry cannot afford coverage for all employees.

Many nursing home and home care employees do not currently have medical coverage through their employers. According to The New York Times, one in four workers who provide hands-on care to nursing home residents have no health insurance, and one in three workers who provide care to people living at home are uninsured.

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