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A police officer holds the door as people line up outside the Joe Celestin Center in North Miami, Fla., during National Youth Enrollment Day. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Participation in employer-sponsored insurance plans by workers ages 30 and under trailed the rate of their elders by as much as 20 percent in a comparison of participation by age group released by Automatic Data Processing Inc.

According to the study, which has followed insurance trends at 200 major companies for four years, 85 percent of workers 30 and younger were eligible for coverage. Yet for this year, just 53 percent opted for coverage.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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