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

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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