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Vickie Gregorio with Heartland Workforce Solutions in Omaha, Neb., updates a whiteboard outside the workforce office as unemployed job seekers wait in line for help. A recent change in federal rules gives some people who have lost their health plan along with their job more than the usual 60 days to sign up for COBRA health coverage. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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As millions of Americans have lost their jobs, Congress is trying to figure out what to do to help those who have also lost their health insurance. South_agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Shifting messages from the U.S. Congress have left many would-be entrepreneurs, and workers who've recently been laid off, wondering how best to maintain health coverage. Michael Blann/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Congress and their staffs seeking health insurance this year could choose from among 57 gold plans (from four insurers) sold on D.C.'s small business marketplace. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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After losing a job, figuring out health insurance may be the smartest first step. Franck Camhi/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat, was defeated in November. Stark leaves a long-lasting mark on the nation's health care system. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy

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