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Commentary

Spotlight on Health Behaviors: Adults Who Forgo Needed Medical Care and Have No Personal Doctor

This commentary analyzes the indirect costs of rising health care spending and uninsurance in the year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and examines overall national and state-level trends as well as comparisons across race/ethnicity and educational attainment.

Prior to the arrival of the novel coronavirus, much of American consumer health care concerns surrounded rising costs of care. The continued rise in the share of Americans without health insurance coverage has left more individuals without protection from the financial burden of illness or injury, or strong ties to health care providers and the health care system to access care.