Estimated impact of COVID-19 on Washington’s healthcare coverage – news

Estimated impact of COVID-19 on Washington’s healthcare coverage – news

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Lifting lockdowns brought a steep decline over the ensuing four weeks, with a continued steady decline that continues through May 2021.

According to the report, in 2019, the overall uninsured rate was 6.1% for adults 18-64. By April 2020, the pandemic caused that rate to climb to 8.7%. COVID-related lockdowns helped uninsured rates peak at 12.6% by May 2020. “In the latest week of data (ending May 15, 2021), the overall uninsured rate was 5.5% (428,100, and for adults age 18-64 it was 7.8% (376,100). Both rates are lower than the corresponding rates before the pandemic.”

Weekly changes of uninsured in total population and among adults age 18-64 Uninsured rates in Washington State now lower than before pandemic

Coverage changes among newly-unemployed as of May 23, 2020 and as of May 15, 2021 Source of coverage before and after COVID-19

For the week ending May 15, 2021, the number of newly unemployed individuals who were uninsured had dropped to less than one percent. The report states: In May 2020, at the peak of unemployment claims in Washington, about 58% of newly unemployed workers were uninsured. Before COVID, just 8.1% of newly unemployed workers were uninsured.  

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