Many American workers remain in jobs they’d rather leave — simply because they don’t want to lose their health insurance, a new Gallup poll reveals.
That’s the situation for 16% of respondents in a nationwide poll of more than 3,800 adults conducted March 15-21.
The fear is strongest among Black workers. Pollsters found they are more likely to keep an unwanted job at 21% than Hispanic respondents (16%) or white respondents (14%).
Workers with annual household incomes below $48,000 are most likely (28%) to stay put in order to keep health benefits, and three times more likely to do so than workers in households making $120,000 or more, according to the joint West Health-Gallup poll.
“Health care costs have become so high that many Americans are unwilling to risk any disruption in their coverage even if that means higher and higher premiums and deductibles and sticking with a job they may not like,” said Tim Lash, chief strategy officer for West Health, a group of nonprofit organizations that aim to lower health care costs.
About 158 million Americans have employer health insurance.
The poll suggests that 135 million Americans fear they will eventually be priced out of health care, if they haven’t been already.
More than half of respondents said they are “concerned” or “very concerned” that health care services (53%) and prescription drugs (52%) will become unaffordable. More worry about rising health care costs than about losing their home (25%) or job (29%), pollsters found.
Forty-two percent said they’re concerned they wouldn’t be able to pay for a major health problem, including 49% of Hispanic respondents and 47% of Black participants.
“Americans are increasingly concerned that they will get priced out of the U.S. health care system and are struggling to hang on in any way they can,” Lash said in a West Health news release.
Earlier this year, about 46 million people — 18% of the U.S. population — said they could not afford health care if they needed it today.
The poll found substantial support for federal government action to control health care costs.
About three-quarters of respondents favor limiting prescription drug price increases (77%); capping hospital prices in areas with few or no other hospitals (76%), and having the government negotiate lower prices for some high-cost drugs that don’t have lower-priced alternatives (74%). About two-thirds support government limits on prices for out-of-network care.
Respondents with private insurance were as supportive of government intervention as those on public health plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
“Polling data from West Health and Gallup continue to demonstrate that most Americans are supportive of an elevated government role in curtailing the rising costs of care,” said Dan Witters, a senior researcher for Gallup. “How elected officials respond to this is unfolding, but there seems to be substantive public support for a number of specific proposals that are on the table.”
The margin of error varied from question to question, ranging from 1.3 to 4 percentage points.
the cheapest travel insurance options, considering expert and consumer recommendations.
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To determine the Cheapest Travel Insurance Companies, U.S. News created sample traveler profiles for three separate eight-day trips to different domestic and international destinations at various price points. We used that information to get quotes for the cheapest option for 100% trip cancellation coverage for each trip. We then calculated the average cost of the trips to determine the sample average cost.
Find more information on the methodology for the Cheapest Travel Insurance Companies here. (Note: The sample average costs are not price quotes from U.S. News. To find a travel insurance price quote, use the “get a quote” link to enter your trip details and find more information.)
The Cheapest Travel Insurance Companies:
World Nomads Travel Insurance
* Trawick International
* AXA Assistance USA
* GoReady Travel Insurance
* Generali Global Assistance
* Allianz Travel Insurance
* Nationwide Insurance
* Seven Corners
* IMG Travel Insurance
* American Express Travel Insurance
Keep in mind coverage limits and availability may vary by state. Also note: Coverage for trip cancellation or interruption due to COVID-19 varies by provider, so you’ll want to consult each travel insurance website for further details. Read on to find out more about what each company offers and decide which travel insurance policy is right for you.