Affordability means people can access health care while still being able to cover routine expenses.
Approximately 18% of Connecticut households with working adults had health care costs that exceeded their ability to afford basic needs. Black, Latino, and low-income adults are disproportionately affected by higher health care costs and face more hurdles to meet basic needs.
Across the United States, Black and Latino/a households are more likely to experience medical debt and avoid health care due to cost. As Connecticut’s health insurance programs grow more complex, confusion about costs and coverage are likely to exacerbate this trend.
To promote equity through affordability, Health Equity Solutions recommends:
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