Vital Signs: Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Utilization — United States, 2006–2009 and January–March 2010

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), November 12, 2010

An increasing number of persons in the United States, including those at middle income levels, have had periods with no health insurance coverage in recent years, which is associated with increased levels of forgone health care. Persons aged 18–64 years with chronic conditions and without consistent health insurance coverage are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than persons with the same conditions and continuous coverage. Increasing the number of persons with continuous health insurance coverage can reduce the number of occasions that persons forgo needed health care, which can reduce complications from illness and avoidable long-term expenditures.

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