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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the dailylives of Americans. Just as the virus is currently hitting someregions harder than others, how well consumers are faring alsodepends on regional factors. And one major issue many arestruggling with right now is access to health insurance.


Millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the pandemic,and with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance. While manyof the newly uninsured will turn to the ACA markets to purchase anew health plan, others will find their state-based plansunaffordable and opt to go without.


Related: 10 million Americans expected to loseemployer-sponsored insurance this year


Where will consumers be hit the hardest? Using data from KaiserFamily Foundation, health insurance startup Sidecar Health put together an interactive mapshowing the estimated number of people in each state who have lostemployer-sponsored coverage, as well as the cost of the average ACAplan in each state.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.