9.4 Million Fewer Families Are Having Problems Paying Medical Bills

Brief

9.4 Million Fewer Families Are Having Problems Paying Medical Bills

Abstract

  • 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 Area: 

Centers

To reuse content from Urban Institute, visit copyright.com, search for the publications, choose from a list of licenses, and complete the transaction.
LATEST IN Health and Health Policy
To reuse content from Urban Institute, visit copyright.com, search for the publications, choose from a list of licenses, and complete the transaction.