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Affinion Group Survey Reveals That Underinsured Consumers Need Alternate Solutions in Light of Current Economic Climate
Date:5/7/2009

Nearly half say unreimbursed loss of as little as $500 would have "severe" impact on financial stability

NORWALK, Conn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As unemployment rates continue to climb, one often overlooked aspect of people being laid-off is their access to affordable insurance. In a national recent survey conducted by Affinion Group, a leading marketer of insurance services, nearly two-thirds of respondents admitted to living paycheck-to-paycheck "often" or "always." The survey questioned more than 1,000 adults to determine the threat to consumers from limited access to affordable insurance in light of the current economic conditions. Overall, the findings revealed that a majority of consumers believe they could be at risk for losing their health benefits and life insurance should they ultimately lose their job, placing an even greater importance on alternate insurance programs.

At Risk of Being Uninsured

When asked how long they believed they would have access to affordable insurance, nearly two out of three respondents either believed that they would have access for less than one month or didn't know how long they would have access to affordable insurance. Distressingly, only 19 percent of respondents believed they would be able to afford their insurance for more than 6 months following the loss of their job, and this number dropped to 14 percent when looking at respondents under the age of 45.

Accidents are Costly

Nearly half of respondents, 45 percent, believed that an out-of-pocket cost of as little as $500 would have a "severe" impact on their financial stability. This is problematic given that the average cost of hospitalization is $560, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This also comes in an environment where 62 percent of those people surveyed stated that they live paycheck-to-paycheck either "often" or "always."

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