Youth Not Served: A Quarter of Younger Americans Struggle with Medical Debt

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Youth Not Served: A Quarter of Younger Americans Struggle with Medical Debt

Mar, 9th 2017

One out of four Americans younger than 65 are struggling with unpaid medical bills, according to a study from the Urban Institute this week.

Twenty-five percent of people between 18 and 50 and 20 percent of people between 51 and 64 had past-due medical bills in 2015, while only 10 percent of people over 65 reported medical debt.

"Health insurance coverage is likely a key driver of medical debt, with the elderly having more protection against medical debt in part because of Medicare’s broad reach," the survey concluded. "Likewise, baby boomers have lower uninsurance rates compared with younger adults who are millennials or Gen Xers, which may contribute to their lower rates of past-due medical debt."

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