About one in four behind on their payments for medical bills

March 11, 2017 | By | Reply More

Nearly one-quarter (23.8 percent) of US adults, aged 18-64, reported they were behind on paying their medical bills in 2015, with the highest prevalence found in the South, according to a study by the non-profit Urban Institute.

The share of adults who reported past-due medical debt varies substantially across states, ranging from 5.9 percent in Hawaii to 37.4 percent in Mississippi. In Washington state the rate was 23.7%, just below the national average.

Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of past-due medical debt rates are in the South (Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Georgia) and two are in the Midwest (Indiana and Missouri).

The 10 states with the lowest prevalence of past-due medical debt are more geographically dispersed: three are located in the Northeast (Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York), one in the Midwest (Minnesota), four in the West (Hawaii, California, Utah, and Nevada), and two in the South (the District of Columbia and Maryland).

Overall, state past-due medical debt rates correlate strongly with state uninsured rates.

Read the full report here.

Category: Health Policy, Insurance

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