UC Irvine economics professor David Neumark recently was awarded part of a $2.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of employee-contingent health insurance plans on women with breast cancer. The study will compare the health of women who have employee-contingent health insurance and women with spouse-sponsored health plans. Early evidence suggests that women with employee-contingent health insurance were less likely to take time off work to address health related issues, suggesting these women may be foregoing needed medical treatment. Neumark was awarded a $350,000 subcontract of the grant and will work with Cathy Bradley of Virginia Commonwealth University.