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Uninsured most vulnerable to financial strain
Modern Healthcare

The financial strain of getting sick or injured leaves roughly one out of five U.S. households with medical debt, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

The data include children and working-age adults, but not those older than 65. The uninsured were most vulnerable to financial hardship from illness. But more than one in 10 privately insured households reported unpaid family medical bills in the first half of 2012, and one out of four publicly insured households could not pay all their healthcare expenses during the same period.