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Finding Health Insurance as a Startup

When it comes to medical coverage, are there any healthy choices for entrepreneurs?

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This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Start Up.

Of all the fringe benefits you'll give up when you leave a job to start a business, company-sponsored health insurance may be the one you'll remember with the most fondness. Even the high monthly premiums and hefty co-pays you may have gritted your teeth over will suddenly look like insurance nirvana when you're confronted with the prospect of footing the entire insurance bill yourself.

"The corporate world really spoiled me," says Sandy Dixon, 56, owner of Interior Arrangements Inc., an interior redesign and real estate staging company based in Evergreen, Colorado. "[When I started my business,] I was really surprised by the high cost of insurance and suddenly had a new appreciation for this corporate perk."

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