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12 Million Have Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance During Pandemic

The coronavirus is not only deadly, it’s also leaving many Americans without medical coverage as the unemployment rate continues to surge.

Since the pandemic hit the U.S., more than 6 million Americans have lost health insurance they’d previously had through their work. And when you take into account spouses and children, the number of those affected climbs to more than 12 million, according to new research.

“Because most U.S. workers rely on their employer or a family member’s employer for health insurance, the shock of the coronavirus has cost millions of Americans their jobs and their access to health care in the midst of a public health catastrophe,” according to Josh Bivens, director of research at the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.

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