10 States With the Highest Coronavirus-Related Health Insurance Losses

Woman at home during the coronavirus pandemic struggles with losing health insurance
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This story originally appeared on Zippia.com.

Nearly 40 million workers had lost their jobs due to COVID-19 by the end of May.

While some of those jobs are slowly returning, some may be gone for good. Other jobs are still being cut, with furloughed workers discovering their job loss isn’t so temporary after all. And while the CARES Act provided much needed financial relief, many workers found themselves suddenly without health insurance.

As of May, over 5.36 million workers had lost their employer-provided health insurance. However, some states were hit harder than others. Overall, Northeastern states saw the largest increase in uninsured residents, and all states in the top 10 saw more than a 30% increase.

To determine this, we compiled the total number of newly uninsured people in each state, the percent increase of the uninsured, and the percent of the total uninsured in each state. Our data comes from Families USA, a nonprofit organization.

Three figures for each state are displayed throughout this article:

  • Increase in uninsured adults
  • Uninsured in May 2020
  • Number of newly uninsured

To determine the increase in uninsured adults, the state-level increase in unemployment and coverage estimates were extrapolated to estimate the insurance drop in each state. This number was then compared with the uninsured rate from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2018, the most recent data available.

These numbers are only for February to May and do not include workers who lost their insurance after May.

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