“Limited access to health care might decrease essential workers’ access to medical testing and needed care and hinder their ability to address underlying conditions,” researchers warn. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Essential workers have become critically important during the pandemic. However, many workers who help keep the nation running during a crisis often lack access to health care services for themselves.

The occupations most likely to be uninsured were farming, fishing and forestry, where 46% of workers had no health insurance, according to a study reported by Sage Journals. Personal care aides had the highest prevalence of not being able to see a doctor when needed because of cost (29%). Construction laborers were the most likely to not have a personal health care provider (51%) or a routine checkup (50%).

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