Outsourcing Firm's Latest Offering: Health Insurance

Antonia Musto's health insurance is running out. After she was laid off from a media company in 2008, the former staff accountant continued her prior health coverage through COBRA, the law that allows terminated workers to buy into their old plans for 18 months. In the meantime, Musto, 38, has built a solid freelance career working from her home in West Pittston, Pa., through oDesk, a virtual outsourcing firm. Her COBRA benefits expire next month, though, and individual health plans are too costly for her. Musto's choice seems clear: give up freelancing or give up health insurance.

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