Changes in Health Insurance Coverage Due to the COVID-19 Recession
Brief Jul-01-2020 | | 1-min read
An estimated 48 million nonelderly people in the United States will be part of a household in which someone loses a job due to COVID-19, based on an assessment of pandemic-related job loss.
Using projections data on employment losses by industry, state, and demographic characteristics regularly published by the U.S. Department of Labor, researchers estimate the following about those 48 million nonelderly people:
The findings imply the COVID-19 recession is disproportionately affecting workers paid low wages, many of whom did not have employer-sponsored coverage even when they were working. Higher percentages of people losing their employer insurance will become uninsured in states that did not expand eligibility.
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