Brief 9.4 Million Fewer Families Are Having Problems Paying Medical Bills
Michael Karpman, Sharon K. Long
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  • The share of nonelderly adults with problems paying family medical bills over the previous year declined from 22.0 percent in September 2013 to 17.3 percent in March 2015.
  • Problems paying medical bills declined among adults in both Medicaid expansion states and nonexpansion states.
  • Adults are more likely to have problems paying medical bills if they have low incomes, are uninsured or have a high-deductible health plan, or have higher health care needs because of fair or poor health.
  • Nearly three-quarters of adults with problems paying medical bills reported forgoing needed health care because they could not afford it.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Federal health care reform
Policy Centers Health Policy Center