Most Adults with Medical Debt Had Health Insurance at the Time the Debt Was Incurred

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Most Adults with Medical Debt Had Health Insurance at the Time the Debt Was Incurred

Abstract

  • Nearly one-quarter of adults report family medical bills that they are paying off over time, and medical debt is most common among middle-income adults.
  • Among those adults with medical debt, 7 in 10 reported incurring all of the debt during periods when they and their family members had health insurance.
  • Middle-income adults are more likely than other adults to incur medical debt from needed services that are not covered by health plans and from plan cost-sharing requirements.
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