Among the Uninsured

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Medical Bills Folder

Will the Affordable Care Act Come to the Rescue?

As the major insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act continue to pick up steam, a recent survey indicates that nearly half of working U.S. adults were uninsured or underinsured at some point in 2012. According to the survey, about 30% of adults between ages 19 and 64 went without health insurance for part or all of 2012, which is nearly 10 million more than the 26% who went without coverage in 2003. An additional 30 million people were considered “underinsured,” which means that, although they had insurance, they also had out-of-pocket costs so high that it was considered to be an obstacle for them. Hopefully, the Affordable Care Act will help to severely reduce these numbers.

NOTE: In the survey mentioned above, “underinsured” was defined as out-of-pocket expenses that reached 10% or more of income (5% or more if income was below 200% of the federal poverty level) or deductibles that were 5% or more of income.