An estimated 14.2% of U.S. residents said they or a family member had problems paying medical bills in 2018, down from 19.7% in 2011, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problem was more common among females than males, children than adults, and Black and Hispanic residents than other racial and ethnic groups. Among people under age 65, those lacking health insurance were most likely to report the problem (27.7%), followed by those with Medicaid (20.1%) and private health coverage (11.9%). The findings are from the National Health Interview Survey.

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