The researchers say policy-makers should explore ways to protect those most vulnerable to high costs relative to their income. The research follows an earlier Urban Institute analysis showing progress on affordability since the Affordable Care Act’s implementation—with the percentage of nonelderly adults having problems paying medical bills sharply declining.
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