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Uninsured Alabamians more likely to die from COVID-19

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 10:06 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - New research indicates 38 percent of Alabama deaths from COVID-19 could be tied to being uninsured.

That data comes from Families USA, a Washington D.C.-based health advocacy nonprofit organization.

While there are a lot of pieces to vaccine hesitancy, one of them is lack of access to healthcare.

At least one in ten Alabamians don’t have health insurance and thousands don’t qualify for Medicaid under the current requirements, leaving a gap in coverage. The pandemic has exposed that gap in a unique way, in fact if you Google Alabama insurance, the first result is “how much is a COVID test for the uninsured.”

Without a primary care physician, Alabama Arise says patients are far less likely to have gotten information about COVID treatment and even vaccines.

“There’s the constant challenge of how to avoid needing healthcare, how to avoid going to the doctor and incurring payments you quite possibly can’t make,” explained Alabama Arise’s Director Jim Carnes.

Health experts want to reiterate that vaccines are free.

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