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Two months into the pandemic, there’s a secondary humanitarian crisis playing out for the families of health care workers, first responders and essential workers who have perished of COVID-19.
Many of these grieving families now face the prospect of losing their health insurance — even as they themselves battle the deadly virus, or live in fear contracting it.
Such is the nature of the United States’ patchwork healthcare system, in which an entire family’s coverage is often tied to one adult’s job — and which may end when one’s spouse or parent dies on the job.
Indeed, across the country, the benefits for these surviving spouses and their children vary widely depending on where they live, and the civil service title or job description held by their lost loved one.