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2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey

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The health insurance market has been working better for consumers buying coverage on their own, especially those with health problems, since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect. According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, the percentage of people who shopped for insurance on their own who could not find an affordable plan dropped from 60 percent in 2010 to 34 percent in 2016. Among those with health problems, 70 percent said they had trouble finding an affordable plan in 2010, compared to 42 percent in 2016.

Country: United States

Survey Organization: Princeton Survey Research Associates International

Field Dates: July 12 to November 20, 2016

Sample: A nationally representative sample of 6,005 adults ages 19 and older living in the continental United States

Sample Size: A combination of landline and cellular phone random-digit dial samples was used to reach people. In all, 2,402 interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and 3,603 interviews were conducted on cellular phones, including 2,262 with respondents who live in households with no landline telephone access.

The sample was designed to generalize to the U.S. adult population and to allow separate analyses of responses of low-income households. This report limits the analysis to respondents ages 19 to 64 (n=4,186).

Interview Method: The survey consisted of 25-minute telephone interviews in either English or Spanish

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