Study: About 20% of Working Americans with Insurance Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

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Study: About 20% of Working Americans with Insurance Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

Sep, 2nd 2016

Despite the fact that more Americans now have health insurance, many are still experiencing financial stress due to medical debt. A survey by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that about a fifth of all working Americans who have health insurance reported difficulty in paying their medical bills within the last year. The number is even higher for those who do not have insurance; over half have suffered financial hardship due to health care costs.

The survey provided additional statistics that gave better insight into the cause of this medical debt. Twenty-six percent of insured patients reported that their medical debt came from claims that were denied unexpectedly....

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