Over 7 Million Americans to Lose Health Insurance During Coronavirus Pandemic, 1.5 Million Have Already Lost Coverage, New Study Predicts
More than 7 million Americans are expected to lose their health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, while more than 1.5 million are already estimated to have lost coverage, according to a new study.
The analysis, published Tuesday in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine academic journal, was conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York’s Hunter College. The research estimated health insurance losses based on already reported unemployment claims, combined with the projected increase in jobless claims over the coming weeks.
With about 1.5 million American workers already estimated to have lost coverage after becoming unemployed, an additional 5.7 million are projected by the researchers to lose their coverage by the end of June, as unemployment claims are expected to climb. The researchers noted that conservative states that have opposed expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, are likely to be the hardest hit.
But they had the ‘right’ to keep their employers health insurance.. Now that is not working out so well. It was not a ‘right’ after all, just a privilege while they were employed.