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Medical debt owed by U.S. adults in 2020, by insurance coverage

Insurance coverage is an important issue in the U.S. at this time. With Trump's proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more U.S. adults could find themselves with larger amounts of medical debt. As of 2020 about 43 percent of adults had less than 2,000 U.S. dollars worth of medical debt. Among those without insurance, about 14 percent had 10,000 U.S. dollars or more worth of medical debt.

Percentage of U.S. adults that owed select amounts of medical debt in 2020, by insurance coverage

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

January 14 to June 5, 2020

Number of respondents

4,272 respondents

Age group

19 to 64 years

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: How much are the medical bills that are being paid off over time?

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