Paper cutout of family Proposed policy recommendations to mitigate the rise in uninsurance, include expanding Medicaid on a temporary or permanent basis and expanding eligibility for subsidies for marketplace coverage. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As unemployment soars, an estimated 25 million to 43 million people will lose their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in the coming months, according to a new study. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 160 million people nationwide under the age of 65 got their health insurance through their jobs.

Between March 15 and April 25, 30 million people filed for unemployment, and researchers from the nonprofit Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center anticipate that number will only climb. The result? The newly unemployed are being left to scramble for health insurance coverage. The researchers estimate that 21 million now-jobless people will get health insurance coverage via Medicaid, 10 million will gain coverage through the marketplace or other private plan, and 12 million will become uninsured.

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