According to the report, in 2019, the overall uninsured rate was 6.1% for adults 18-64. By April 2020, the pandemic caused that rate to climb to 8.7%. COVID-related lockdowns helped uninsured rates peak at 12.6% by May 2020. Weekly changes of uninsured in total population and among adults age 18-64 Lifting lockdowns brought a steep decline over the ensuing four weeks, with a continued steady decline that continues through May 2021.
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Uninsured rates in Washington State now lower than before pandemic
In May 2020, at the peak of unemployment claims in Washington, about 58% of newly unemployed workers were uninsured. Before COVID, just 8.1% of newly unemployed workers were uninsured. For the week ending May 15, 2021, the number of newly unemployed individuals who were uninsured had dropped to less than one percent. Coverage changes among newly-unemployed as of May 23, 2020 and as of May 15, 2021
Source of coverage before and after COVID-19 “In the latest week of data (ending May 15, 2021), the overall uninsured rate was 5.5% (428,100, and for adults age 18-64 it was 7.8% (376,100). Both rates are lower than the corresponding rates before the pandemic.”
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