Trending News Today: Most Americans Fear Cost of Unexpected Medical Bills
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A Kaiser Family Foundation poll has found that most Americans want to keep Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions, The Hill reported. According to the article, 72% of those surveyed in the poll said it is “very important” to them that insurance companies remain prohibited from charging sick people a higher cost for treatment. They also said it is “very important” that the law prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage because of a patient’s medical history, the article reported.
A majority of Americans are afraid of being unable to afford unexpected medical bills, Kaiser Health News reported. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 67% of surveyed adults worry about unexpected medical bills more than insurance deductibles, prescription drug costs, and the cost of basic life necessities. Thirty-nine percent of insured adults under the age of 65 said that they had received a medical bill within the past year that they thought would be covered or that was higher than anticipated, the article reported.
A new study has found that more than a quarter of adults are too inactive, putting them at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and cancer, Reuters reported. According to the article, the World Health Organization study found that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy. Approximately 40% of adults in the United States, 36% in Britain, and 14% in China did too little exercise to stay healthy, the article reported.