Health inurance button on a keyboard Besides getting married for health insurance benefits, 69% of survey respondents also took part in a special enrollment period for the ACA. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Of the estimated 1.3 million couples who were married in the U.S. in 2020, 26% said they did so because either they or their partner needed health insurance, according to a new survey from

This finding is not particularly surprising considering that nearly half of Americans receive health insurance through their employers. In the first half of 2020, some 7.7 million people lost their jobs because of the pandemic and ensuing economic recession, forcing millions to seek alternative ways to receive health care.

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