The majority of older adults ages 50 to 64 rely on coverage through their employment as their source of health insurance. Therefore, the widespread job loss seen during the COVID-19 pandemic has an important impact on health coverage for adults in this age group.
Estimates show that a significant number of older workers likely lost employer-sponsored health insurance during the first several months of the pandemic. Some older adults losing employer coverage became newly uninsured, while others enrolled in nongroup coverage or Medicaid.
Sung, Jane, and Olivia Dean. Estimating Impacts of Pandemic-Related Job Loss on Health Insurance Coverage among Adults Ages 50 to 64 During the First Year of COVID-19. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, June 2021. https://doi.org/10.26419/ppi.00145.001
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