Potential Impact of Stay-at-Home Orders on Health Insurance Rates

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Potential Impact of Stay-at-Home Orders on Health Insurance Rates

Most Americans receive health insurance through their job or a family member’s job. So, when workers lose their jobs, they — and their family members — run the risk of losing their health coverage as well.

Previously released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) show that about 55.1% of the U.S. population — some 178 million people — had employer-sponsored insurance or ESI in 2018.

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A more detailed portrait of ESI gives us a glimpse at those who may be at risk of losing their health insurance in light of recent economic upheaval due to COVID-19.

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