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Forty-one million people in the United States are considered underinsured, which is defined by the relationship between one’s out-of-pocket health care costs and income level.
Fast Facts about the Underinsured
- People are considered underinsured if out-of-pocket health care costs exceed 10 percent of their household income (5 percent when income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level), or if the insurance deductible is more than 5 percent of their income.
- According to the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Survey 2016, 41 million people in the United States are underinsured.
- Four in 10 adults with health insurance say they have difficulty affording their deductible, and roughly a third have trouble affording their premiums and other health insurance.¹
- Three in 10 Americans report problems paying medical bills. Of those reporting problems paying medical bills, seven in 10 report cutting back on food, clothing or basic household items.¹
- Challenges affording care result in some Americans delaying or skipping care due to costs in the past year, including 27 percent who say they have put off or postponed getting health care they needed, 23 percent who say they have skipped a recommended medical test or treatment and 21 percent who say they have not filled a prescription for a medicine.¹
- Nearly 24 percent of non-elderly adults report past-due medical debt.²
- More than one-fourth of all Medicare beneficiaries spend 20 percent or more of their household income on out-of-pocket medical expenses and monthly premiums.³
- Data Note: Americans’ Challenges with Health Care Costs, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2, 2017.
- Past-due Medical Debt in America, the Urban Institute, 2017.
- Medicare Beneficiaries’ High Out-of-Pocket Costs: Cost Burdens by Income and Health Status, The Commonwealth Fund, May 12, 2017.