Business • Health Care
2020-07-14T18:10:26+00:00

5.4 million people in the U.S. lost health insurance, study finds

5.4 million people in the U.S. lost health insurance, study finds
Unemployment map showing percentage of nonelderly adults who are currently uninsured Credit: Screenshot via Families U.S.A.

A recent study by the consumer advocacy group Families U.S.A. has found that "because of job losses between February and May of this year, 5.4 million laid-off workers became uninsured." This number is 39% higher than the previous highest increase, recording between 2008 and 2009, with 3.9 million uninsured adults.

"These record-breaking increases in the number of uninsured have taken place during the country’s worst public-health crisis in more than a century and the sharpest and deepest economic downturn since World War II," the study states. "Nevertheless, no federal COVID-19 legislation signed into law has attempted to restore or preserve comprehensive health insurance. Now is the time to fill that gap by including protections for comprehensive health insurance in the next COVID-19 bill."

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