New Kaiser Foundation Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees

The Kaiser Family Foundation published its Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees on Thursday.

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey on Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees (PDF)

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey on Non-Group Health Insurance EnrolleesSurvey Findings (PDF)
Appendix – Tables (PDF)
Topline (PDF)

 

Conducted from April to May 2014, this bleeding-edge survey looks at enrollees within the first few months after open enrollment to gauge their responses to the Affordable Care Act, plan coverage, and how their experiences were impacted.

A first in a series, key insights include:

  • The ACA motivated many non-group enrollees to get coverage, and nearly six in ten Exchange enrollees were previously uninsured
  • Enrollees in ACA-compliant plans report somewhat worse health than those in pre-ACA plans
  • Majority gives positive ratings to their new insurance plans and says they are a good value, though four in ten find it difficult to afford their monthly premium
  • Among plan switchers, as many report paying less as paying more for their new plans, but survey shows some signs of a trend toward narrower provider networks
  • Plan switchers are less likely to be satisfied with plan costs, maybe because half of them report having their previous plan cancelled
  • Half got help with enrollment; most say the shopping process was easy, but a third say it was difficult to set up a Marketplace account
  • In the non-group market, those most likely to feel they have benefited from the ACA are people getting subsidies, those most likely to feel negatively impacted are those who had their plans cancelled
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation KFF.org
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