The Affordable Care Act’s major health insurance provisions that take effect in January 2014 will provide new coverage options for the uninsured and sweeping new insurance market protections for people who buy coverage on their own. Building on their previous work for The Commonwealth Fund, the researchers will annually survey, over the period 2013 to 2015, three population groups whom the law’s reforms were designed to benefit―low-income adults, young adults, and older adults. The surveys will explore awareness of the new insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, as well as experiences with choosing health plans, out-of-pocket costs, and changes in access to care. In addition, a small survey to be fielded at the end of 2013 will target those adults who are eligible to enroll in Medicaid or in private plans offered through the marketplaces. The rapid feedback obtained will inform policymakers and the media about the public’s initial experiences with the major coverage reforms and identify potential problem areas requiring attention.
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