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COVID-19 disproportionately affects health coverage of minorities, study finds

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COVID-19 disproportionately affects health coverage of minorities, study finds

At least five million Black and Hispanic people could lose their health insurance as a result of the pandemic, according to a new analysis from Avalere.

The healthcare consulting firm used insurance distribution rates by race prior to the pandemic and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February to April unemployment figures to estimate the number of individuals losing employment who may also be losing access to job-based health insurance coverage.

Before the pandemic, Black and Hispanic people were more likely to be covered by Medicaid or uninsured compared to their white counterparts. According to health insurance coverage statistics from 2018, 27% and 29% of Black and Hispanic people were insured by Medicaid, respectively, compared to 11% of white people. Additionally, 11% and 18% of respective Black and Hispanic people were uninsured in 2018, compared to 6% of white people.

After the pandemic, Avalere predicts a larger proportion of Black and Hispanic people will lose their health insurance coverage compared to Caucasians.

While a greater number of white people lost their employer coverage between February and April (six million compared to two and three million respective Black and Hispanic people), Black and Hispanic people faced a disproportionately larger loss of coverage relative to their […]

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