More than two-thirds of hospitals nationwide have a burden of $3.6 billion or more in operating expenses, according to the American Hospital Association.
While some of those costs are manageable, many hospitals are overburdened by a growing number of patients.
The latest numbers from the American Association of Colleges and Employers show that the share of Americans receiving some type of paid family leave increased from 10 percent in 2015 to 21 percent in 2019.
The numbers show that for every 1 percent increase in family leave paid to workers, the percentage of the population with family leave increases by about 5 percent, the association reported.
The percentage of Americans with paid family leaves increased from 23 percent in 2020 to 26 percent in 2021.
The number of people who were able to access paid family care rose from 15 percent in 2016 to 18 percent in 2017, according the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The number also rose from 5 percent in the mid-1990s to about 15 percent today.