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Affordability of Health Care Continues to Decline

NEWS INSIGHT According to a recent survey, among people with health insurance, the percentage who say they have a difficult time affording their health care costs has risen for the following components:

•premiums: up from 27% in 2015 to 37% in 2017

•deductibles: up from 34% in 2015 to 43% in 2017

•copays and prescription drugs: up from 24% in 2015 to 31% in 2017

Source: Polling Data Note: Beyond the ACA, the Affordability of Insurance Has Been Deteriorating Since 2015, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2, 2017.

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