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This study examines 253 newly hired home attendants to measure the degree to which employment-based health insurance can affect health status and utilization of health care services among a working poor population that has little experience with health insurance and may face other significant barriers to care. Physician contacts increased after benefits were received; attendants who had no coverage during the prior year experienced the greatest average increase. More attendants also reported using emergency rooms. Neither hospitalizations nor health status were affected. These findings indicate that insurance benefits may substantially improve access to care for many working poor persons, regardless of other barriers they may face.