Nearly 5.5 million people who lost their jobs between February and May of this year also lost their health insurance, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.
The analysis from Families USA, a consumer health care advocacy organization, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have caused the greatest health insurance losses in American history.
Nearly half of the coverage losses occurred in five states: California, Texas, Florida, New York and North Carolina.
“Families in America are losing comprehensive health insurance in record numbers,” the authors of the analysis wrote. “This creates particularly serious dangers during a grave public health crisis and deep economic downturn.”
Coverage losses are likely steep because about half of Americans get health coverage through their jobs.
However, the 5.4 million people who are estimated to have also lost their health insurance doesn’t count family members who might also have been on those