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CDC: Fewer Americans Struggling With Medical Bills

OPB | June 3, 2013 2:21 p.m. | Updated: June 7, 2013 10:16 a.m.

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Fewer Americans are having problems paying medical bills — according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the first six months of 2011, nearly 22 percent of people who responded to “The National Health Interview” said they were having problems. 

In the first six months of this year, that was down to a little over 20 percent. 

Nationwide, that’s more than 3.5 million people.

CDC statistician Robin Cohen, says those who have private insurance are less likely to have trouble paying medical bills.

Cohen explained, “People under age 65 who were uninsured and those who had public coverage were about twice as likely as those who had private coverage to be in families having problems paying medical bills.” 

The study did not look into why fewer people were having problems. But over the last few years, Oregon has worked to make sure all children have health insurance. Between 2009 and 2011, 94,000 children were added to the Oregon Healthy Kids program. 

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