As Monday’s deadline to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty approaches, there’s plenty of attention on the uninsured. But how about the underinsured?
Nearly 32 million people were underinsured in 2012, meaning they had insurance but that it wasn’t robust enough to protect them from major medical costs, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.
The figures are from before individuals could buy insurance on Affordable Care Act exchanges, but some say the problem persists.
Suzy Jeffreys, who runs the North-by-Northeast Community Health Center in Portland, Ore., says often the patients who don’t qualify for *Medicaid choose the next cheapest healthcare option.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.