Survey Fewer Americans Struggle With Health Care Costs

first_img Los Angeles Times: Fewer Americans Delayed Needed Medical Care In 2014, Survey Says This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The Commonwealth Fund’s biennial health insurance survey found that the share of U.S. adults who did not get needed care because of cost dropped from 43 percent in 2012 to 36 percent last year, as the health care law’s main coverage expansion went into full swing. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 1/15) The Associated Press: Study: Fewer Struggle With Medical Costs As Coverage Grows center_img Survey: Fewer Americans Struggle With Health Care Costs In its biennial health insurance survey, the Commonwealth Fund found that more people have health coverage and fewer people say they are delaying necessary medical care because of costs. From 2012 to 2014, the share of consumers delaying a recommended test or treatment or not filling a prescription fell by nearly a third. And the percentage who reported problems with medical bills fell by almost a quarter. Those are the first declines ever recorded by the biennial national survey by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which began asking Americans about the affordability of medical care a decade ago. (Levey, 1/14) last_img

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