Public Coverage Gains Offset Losses of Employer-Sponsored Insurance During Pandemic

Unlike during previous recessions, the national uninsured rate held steady at 11% during the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic fallout, according to a recent analysis by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Between March 2019 and April 2021, the share of nonelderly adults covered by employer-sponsored insurance declined from 65.0% to 62.3%, while the share of enrollees with public coverage jumped from 13.6% to 17.5%. States that had not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a higher uninsured rate in 2021 (18.2%) than in 2020 (16.5%) and 2019 (17.2%). In Medicaid expansion states, that rate remained around 8% across all three years.

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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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