In 2018, about 35% of people with chronic illnesses reported that they or their households had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, compared to 27% of the overall population. Difficulty was defined as “having problems paying” or an “inability to pay” bills over the past 12 months for physician services, dental care, prescription medications, or home care About 60% of Americans have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or HIV/AIDS. About 90% of national health care spending is for expenses of people living with a chronic . . .