Forty-six percent of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money. This is attention-grabbing and a potential wake-up call for building an emergency fund. But an emergency fund is just the first step, financial preparedness, which includes disability awareness needs to be considered as soon as you cover your emergency funds.
One of the first steps in financial preparedness is an emergency fund; one of the next steps is to protect your income with disability insurance. Nearly half of respondents had debt or unpaid balances left over from the surprise medical costs, which averaged $2,782.
Our hope for all those who answered the last statistic is that they were not confronting a loved one who became disabled and temporarily or permanently lost his/her ability to earn a paycheck.