Millions Have Lost or Will Lose Health Coverage in Recession

By the end of 2020, about 10.1 million Americans will lose employer-sponsored health insurance coverage due to COVID-19 pandemic-related job loss, projected a recent analysis by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Among them, 3.5 million people will remain uninsured, while 2.8 million will enroll in Medicaid. Another analysis by Families USA estimated that between February and May, 5.4 million workers became uninsured as a result of job losses. The increase in uninsured adults was 39% higher than the greatest previous increase, which occurred during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009.

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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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