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Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Month

Overview

Conducted October 9–27, 2013, the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey interviewed a nationally representative sample of adults who are

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potentially eligible for the health reform law’s new insurance coverage options, whether private plans or expanded Medicaid. Among the survey’s key findings: 60 percent of potentially eligible adults are aware of the new marketplaces as a place where they might shop for coverage; 17 percent reported visiting the marketplaces in October to shop for a health plan; about one of five visitors were ages 19 to 29; and one of five visitors enrolled in a plan. Reflecting the technical problems that have plagued the federal marketplace and some state marketplace websites, 37 percent of those who did not enroll in coverage cited those technical difficulties as a reason. A majority of survey respondents, however, appear determined to gain coverage over the next few months.

Publication Details

Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Summary Writer: Christopher Hollander
Citation: S. R. Collins, P. W. Rasmussen, M. M. Doty, T. Garber, and D. Blumenthal, Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Month, The Commonwealth Fund, November 2013.