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Survey Says: More Than One in Four Underinsured

28 percent of insured adults under the age of 64 were uninsured in 2016, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey.

The survey also found that:

  • More than half of the uninsured are insured through their employer.
  • Nearly one in four insured through their employer are underinsured.
  • More than one in four Medicaid recipients were underinsured.
  • Half of the underinsured report problems paying their medical bills.
  • Individuals with higher deductibles are more likely to report problems paying their medical bills.
  • More than 45 percent of the underinsured report skipping care they need because of cost.
  • Low-income people and those with chronic health problems are more likely to be underinsured.

Learn more about the survey’s findings, its implications, and possible means of addressing these problems in the Commonwealth Fund report How Well Does Insurance Coverage Protect Consumers from Health Care Costs?, which can be found here.

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