A Large Share of American Households Still Struggle With Paying Medical Bills

About 42% of working-age adults said they had problems paying medical bills or were paying off medical debt, according to findings from the 2022 Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey. With 43% of the respondents inadequately insured, medical costs and debt remained a major concern for many Americans. Almost one-third of adults who were underinsured — whose coverage did not provide them with affordable access to health care — reported they were contacted by a collection agency regarding unpaid medical bills. Of those with medical debt, 56% said the amount reached $2,000 or more.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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