June 6—One out of five U.S. residents under age 65 are part of families having problems paying their medical bills; however, this number declined by 1.4 percentage points between June 2011 and June 2012, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These estimates are based on data from the National Health Interview Survey.

According to the estimates, more than 36 percent of those reporting problems were uninsured, 26 percent had public health coverage, and 14 percent had private coverage.

The CDC further estimates that the proportion of children in families having medical bill problems decreased 1.9 percentage points to 21.8 percent, while the proportion of adults in these families decreased 1.2 percentage points, to 19.7 percent. 

Publication Date: Thursday, June 06, 2013