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Voters Continue to Focus on Health Care Access, Cost

A recent poll by the Commonwealth Fund and NBC News finds that health care continues to be a top issue for Americans heading into the 2020 election. According to new survey results, three in ten likely voters are very or moderately worried about being able to afford their health insurance and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs during the next year, and nearly 80 percent believe that reducing health care costs should be a high priority for the next President.

Other key findings include:

  • Nearly half of likely voters with medical bill problems have used their savings—including money from their retirement fund—to pay their medical bills
  • More than one-quarter (28%) of respondents worry about receiving an unexpected or surprise medical bill during the next year
  • Hispanics and blacks are more likely to worry about health care costs than whites
  • Thirty-one percent of young people (ages 18–34) reported that they or a family member suffered adverse health effects after delaying needed care because of the cost
  • More than half of likely voters are confident that a Democratic President will make their health care more affordable

Poll after poll continues to underscore the importance of health care in the 2020 elections. Candidates in Pennsylvania and across the United States are discussing everything from sweeping proposals to bring fundamental change to the system to efforts to address more granular issues, such as stemming the cost of health care and protecting patients from surprise balance bills.

The American Hospital Association provides information on its website about the 2020 presidential candidates as well as links to their positions about health care and other issues.

HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to strive to support initiatives and policies that ensure access to high-quality and affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians. The complete list of HAP priorities for the current state and federal legislative session is available at HAP’s website.

For more information about HAP’s advocacy efforts, contact Warren Kampf, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs; Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration; or Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.


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