Number Of Underinsured U.S. Adults Increases By 60%

June 10, 2008

A new study by the Commonwealth Fund has shown an increase in the number of underinsured adults in the U.S. by 60%.New York (ChattahBox) – A new study by the Commonwealth Fund has shown an increase in the number of underinsured adults in the U.S. by 60%.

The increase took place between the years 2003 to 2007, impacting over 25 million people.

An adult who is underinsured does have health insurance, but has out-of-pocket expenses which can be as much as 10% of their income.

The study looked at data from 3,500 adults in the U.S. in total between the ages of 19 and 64-years old.

Out of all of the adults, 45% of those who were underinsured stated they had trouble paying medical bills, getting in a lot of debt.

The rate of underinsured adults with an average income of $40,000 annually increased from 4% in 2003 to 11% in 2007.

The study was published online in the journal Health Affairs.


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