Health Beat Leader

Joseph Burns

In the spring of 2020, the number of uninsured Americans began to rise as companies laid off workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, a number of organizations have estimated the effect of the coronavirus on the unemployment rate. In August, the Economic Policy Institute estimated 6.2 million Americans lost their coverage. The Urban Institute estimated a net increase in uninsured Americans of 2.9 million over the last three quarters of 2020 while an earlier model from estimated an increase in the number of uninsured Americans between 5.1 million and 8.5 million. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that 27 million Americans would lose employer coverage and be at risk of being uninsured in 2020. Health insurance will continue to be one of the most contentious topics in health care reporting for the foreseeable future.

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