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Employer Health Plan Out-of-Pocket Costs Seen as Next Challenge

Sept. 29, 2022, 4:01 AM

Health insurance coverage in the US is at record high levels, but it’s not enough to protect millions of Americans from medical debt and bills they can’t pay, according to a study issued Thursday.

“The next major challenge for policymakers in insurance coverage is addressing the significant out-of-pocket costs in commercial insurance plans that are leaving 23% of working-age adults underinsured,” Sara Collins, senior scholar and vice president of health-care coverage and access for the Commonwealth Fund, said in a press call Wednesday on the study.

The Commonwealth Fund, which released its biennial survey taken in the second quarter, is ...