Rapid job losses in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic raised fears that millions of people would lose their health insurance coverage and become uninsured. As the pandemic posed the first test of the post-Affordable Care Act health insurance safety net during an economic downturn, Congress further supported access to coverage by not allowing disenrollment from Medicaid through the March 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The authors examine changes in health insurance coverage among nonelderly adults during the pandemic, using data from the Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey.
Despite the economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marketplace and public coverage plans offset losses of employer-sponsored insurance coverage. Researchers say maintaining the current uninsurance rate will require protecting coverage for current and prospective Medicaid enrollees as the economy improves and the disenrollment freeze is lifted.
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