Even as economies began reopening in April and May, some researchers estimated up to 43 million people were likely to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some would get coverage through Medicaid, while others would go through the marketplace—and others would go without any coverage at all.
“This survey shows how our piecemeal approach to health insurance coverage in the United States leaves too many people without coverage or just a layoff away from losing it,” said Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., vice president for health care coverage and access at The Commonwealth Fund. “Here in the fourth month of COVID-19 related job losses, a growing number of people won’t be able to afford health care in the midst of the worst public health crisis in modern times. It has never been clearer how important it is to ensure that all U.S. residents have affordable, comprehensive coverage regardless of their employment status.” Read More: BenefitsPRO