August 25, 2020
Last week, the Commonwealth Fund released the results of its Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2020, evaluating health insurance coverage and quality among Americans from January through June, 2020. The analysis highlighted the “persistent vulnerability” among working-age adults in their ability to afford health insurance coverage, and foreshadowed an even bigger crisis in coverage: as U.S. job losses resulting from the pandemic continue to increase, many more Americans also will lose their employer-based health insurance.
Since 2001, the Commonwealth Fund has conducted a biennial health insurance survey to study coverage adequacy among U.S. working age adults, as well their experience with health insurance.
The 2020 survey highlights include:
Policy changes were recommended that would help expand coverage to more Americans:
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to advocate for comprehensive health insurance for all Pennsylvanians and convenient, timely access to needed health care services.
In Pennsylvania, several programs are available to help residents who don’t have health insurance or have limited income due to a job loss or other reason. Pennsylvanians should visit COMPASS or download the MyCOMPASS phone app to check eligibility and apply for benefits for programs, such as:
Pennsylvanians also are encouraged to check with their local hospital or health system about online or in-person assistance that may be available.
For more information, contact HAP’s Jolene Calla, Esq., HAP’s vice president, health care finance and insurance.
Tags: Access to Care | Public Health | Health Care Reform | Insurance
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