Friday, February 27, 2015

Problems Paying Medical Bills

The percentage of Americans under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills fell substantially between 2011 and the first half of 2014. Behind the decline is recovery from the Great Recession and the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, which boosted health insurance coverage. 

Number (and percent) of people in families having trouble paying medical bills
2014: 47.7 million (17.8%)
2013: 51.8 million (19.4%)
2012: 54.3 million (20.4%)
2011: 56.5 million (21.3%)

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, Problems Paying Medical Bills among Persons Under Age 65: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2011-June 2014

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