Fewer People Having Difficulty Paying For Medical Bills, Report Shows.

The NPR (11/30) “Shots” blog reports, “The number of people who have trouble paying their medical bills has plummeted in the last five years as more people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and gotten jobs as the economy has improved.” A report “from the National Center for Health Statistics released Wednesday shows that the number of people whose families are struggling to pay medical bills fell by 22 percent, or 13 million people, in the last five years.” This year, about “20 million people…have health insurance because of the ACA, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.” That figure “includes about 10 million people who gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and another 10 million who buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges or are young adults covered through their parents’ insurance.”

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— “Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills,”Alison Kodjak, NPR, November 30, 2016.

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