Health insurance amid COVID-19: Here’s what Americans have to say

Healthcare in the US is expensive, even with insurance. While the number of uninsured Americans has dropped over the years, many still don’t have any type of healthcare insurance coverage. This report delves into the status quo and how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may influence it. Government agencies and Insurance companies can leverage this data in their decision making. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its disastrous consequences have brought an intense focus on the critical issue of healthcare. More so in America, where healthcare has always been a topic of heated debate owing to its high costs. However, the ongoing job cuts mean a lot of families today are without much-needed health insurance.

What is the current healthcare situation across the country, and how will the pandemic change the perception about health insurance in general? Piplsay polled 30,919 Americans nationwide to get these insights. Here’s a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • About 83% of Gen Xers and Millennials have health insurance as compared to 73% of Gen Zers
  • 88% of White Americans have health insurance as compared to 79% of Blacks and 77% of Hispanics
  • 68% of men and 63% of women are aware of their health insurance covering illnesses like COVID-19
  • 20% of Millennials and 16% of Gen Zers plan to change their health insurance plans post the pandemic
“I lost my job at a retail chain last year and with it my health insurance coverage as well. I can’t afford these benefits on my own. I worry about the day when I may have to pay medical bills”  – Susan
“I have taken health insurance, but medical costs are quite high and even unaffordable at times. There are people who are getting sicker from delaying, avoiding or stopping medical treatment” – Craig

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US from May 19-20, 2020. We received 30,919 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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