More than 1 in 10 working age adults still delaying or forgoing health care due to pandemic-related concerns in spring 2021

Results from the Urban Institute’s April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey reveal that 11 percent of working age adults (ages 18-64) reported that they had delayed or forgone health care in the last 30 days due to Coronavirus concerns. This shows that unmet health care needs continued at least into last spring. The share of nonelderly adults delaying or forgoing care was higher among those with lower family incomes (below 250 percent of the federal poverty level) at 16.2 percent. Working age adults with one chronic condition (13.5 percent) and with two or more chronic conditions (16.7 percent) were also more likely to have avoided care. Disparities were also shown by race and ethnicity, with 16.2 percent of Black nonelderly adults and 13.3 percent of Hispanic/Latinx nonelderly adults reporting delaying care in the past 30 days.

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