Unemployed African American and Latino women are the most likely millennials to be uninsured in this era of “health coverage for all.”
That is what a survey conducted by Harris and commissioned by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies found when it interviewed millennials about their health insurance.
The good news is that the sheer numbers of millennials without health insurance is dropping, from 23 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in the latest survey.
When those without coverage were asked why they hadn’t purchased it yet, their response overwhelmingly was because they couldn’t afford it. Either the insurance itself was out of reach, or the cost of copays and other fees made health insurance too expensive for them.
According to the CDC, the uninsured rate dropped to 9.1 percent last year, a record low.
Disturbingly, many of those without coverage reported that they simply do nothing about a health condition because they feared they would be financially disabled if they sought medical treatment.
The survey found that Latino millennials are the least likely to have coverage, at 17 percent, with African American millennials right behind them at 15 percent. Asians had the lowest uninsured rate: 3 percent.