The advent of health care reform coincided with a significantreduction in the number of Americans who report that they havetrouble paying their medical bills.

A survey of non-elderly U.S. adults in March 2015 found that17.3 percent of adults said they had trouble paying for medicalbills and thus forego some basic health care components. That’sdown from 22 percent in September 2013—which translates into anestimated 9.4 million people.

The survey was conducted by the Urban Institute, armed withfunding from itself and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.