Magazine article Medical Economics

Poll: Half of Uninsured Don't Plan to Buy Insurance

Magazine article Medical Economics

Poll: Half of Uninsured Don't Plan to Buy Insurance

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administration still feces an uphill battle both to persuade the uninsured to obtain coverage and educate the country about what's in the law.

A poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 50% of uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 64 say they do not intend to sign up for coverage, while 40% say the plan to do so, and 10% either don't know or didn't respond to the poll. About two-thirds of the uninsured say they have not yet tried to get coverage, with the rest saying they have tried to get it through a state or the federal exchange, Medicaid, their employer, or a private insurance company. The Kaiser poll found that many of the uninsured aren't aware of important aspects of the ACA.

One-third of those without insurance said they didn't know that the law requires nearly all Americans to have health coverage or face a fine, while nearly 60% were unaware of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

In addition, slightly fewer than half of those polled knew that the ACA gives states the option of expanding Medicaid enrollment, and more than 40% don't know that the law provides subsidies to help lowand moderateincome individuals purchase healthcare insurance. …

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