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The share of adults reporting public coverage increased from 13.6 to 17.5%, an increase of approximately eight million adults.

Although the number of uninsured adult Americans has held steady at about 11% during the pandemic, the source of coverage has changed for some people.

Pandemic-related job losses resulted in a decrease in the number of people receiving health insurance through their employers and increased enrollment in public programs, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute that was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Unlike the last recession, losses in employer-sponsored insurance during the pandemic did not lead to growth in the number of uninsured,” said Michael Karpman, senior research associate at the Urban Institute. “Medicaid and the health insurance Marketplaces provided many people with a safety net that allowed them to maintain coverage during difficult times.”

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