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Insured and in debt

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As the health care reform debate rages on, a new study sheds light on the plight of the under-insured. According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, more than 2 million Californians have medical debt and two-thirds of those incurred the debt while insured. These individuals are also twice as likely as those without debt to postpone needed health care. Does your health coverage provide enough protection?


Dr. Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a co-author of the report “The State of Health Insurance in California”