27% of ex-LATers report health problems

In the second part of a survey of recently formered newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times, almost all say they have health insurance — but mostly due to COBRA benefits, which expire. From The Journalism Shop:

While former Times employees struggle with their own careers, 65 percent report spouses working full-time. Another 16 percent are working part-time and 7 percent are freelancing. Only 4 members report a spouse receiving unemployment benefits.

Perhaps because many of the families surveyed now depend on one salary, concern was expressed over spouses losing their jobs.

“If my spouse’s job disappears – and it’s possible – then we will probably be selling the house and moving on,” wrote one laid off woman.

Bad tidings for LAT refugees

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