When are employees eligible for health care coverage?

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Question: “We’re revisiting our health plan, and are looking at when new employees should be eligible for coverage. Insurance companies we’ve spoken to say we can sign people up for coverage after the first full month of employment. A couple of executives think we should let employees sign up only after they have completed our 90-day introductory period. The company will be paying half the employees’ premiums. How long should an employee be on the payroll before becoming eligible for company-paid health insurance?” -- Evey, New York


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It is up to you to determine when new hires become eligible for company-paid benefits. We currently have new hires are eligible to participate in benefits first of the month following 30 days of employment. I have seen eligibility with no waiting period all the way up to first of the month after 90 days of employment. If you want ...(register to read more)

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