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New Study Finds Profound Income Divide in Health Care; Reform Law Will Help

Americans who have low or moderate incomes are more likely to lack health insurance and a regular source of health care, and more likely to struggle getting the care they need, according to the first Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey of U.S. Adults. As reported in the new issue brief The Income Divide in Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Help Restore Fairness to the U.S. Health System, 57 percent of adults in low-income families (those earning less than about $30,000 for a family of four) were uninsured for some time in the past year, as were 36 percent of those in moderate-income families (earning between about $30,000 and $56,000). In contrast, just 12 percent of adults in families earning above $89,000 were uninsured during the year.

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