Wallet, cash and stethoscope TheACA has shielded some from rising costs, but for lower-incomeAmericans who have employer-sponsored, private insurance plans,premiums and out-of-pocket costs have continued to rise. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Having a job—and the employer-sponsored health insurance thatusually goes with it—is not a guarantee that an individual orfamily won't face financial hardship due to medical costs,according to a new analysis. The study finds that thepercentage of income spent on health care by poorer Americans ismore than three times the percentage spent by the wealthiestAmericans.

The proposition that lower-income workers are more vulnerable tohealth care costs may not be surprising news,but the brief from the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Trackerprovides real numbers in measuring the cost challenges thatlower-income Americans face, even within the system of private,employer-based health insurance.

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