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the 2020 economic downturn was unique in its quick onset and the way recovery was hampered by ongoing concerns about COVID-19.

A new report has found that in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2.7 million Americans lost their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. However, when compared to other recessions, some of the effects of that loss of coverage was offset by increased public program options.

The report, published in the JAMA Health Forum, looked at Census Bureau statistics and found that the overall insurance coverage rate in the U.S. dropped 0.11 percentage points per week in the early months of the pandemic.

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