20% of Americans With Health Insurance Have Problems Paying Medical Bills

A new Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times survey finds that among people with health insurance, one in five (20%) working-age Americans report having problems paying medical bills in the past year that often cause serious financial challenges and changes in employment and lifestyle.

The situation is even worse among people who are uninsured: half (53%) face problems with medical bills, bringing the overall total to 26 percent.

While insurance can protect people from problem medical bills, the survey suggests that those with employer coverage or other insurance suffer similar consequences as the uninsured once such problems occur. Among those facing problems with medical bills, almost identical shares of the insured (44%) and uninsured (45%) say the bills had a major impact on their families.