“Plastic Safety Net”

Massachusetts-based Access Project has a new report called “Borrowing to Stay Healthy,” which shows about families who use their credit card to pay health expenses.

In the study, nearly one-third of those with credit card debt said medical expenses contributed to that debt.

Among key finding: those who have medical debt have higher credit card debt ($11,623) related to their medical debt than those without medically-related credit card debt ($7,964).

This problem, of course, will be exacerbated if more low- to middle-income people are foisted into high deductible plans, as Rick Brown from UCLA Center for Health Policy Studies writes in the LA Times today.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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