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Poll: Understanding Of Health Law Slipping – Especially Among Uninsured

The poll also shows that, among people with employer-sponsored health insurance, very few respondents would accept changes — such as a more restricted list of doctors or hospitals — to their current coverage levels.

NPR: Uninsured Largely Unaware Of Benefits Coming From Health Overhaul
When it comes to last year's Affordable Care Act, there's not much people agree on. Except, says Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman, this one thing: "It really does help the uninsured; 32 million uninsured people will get coverage." But according to the foundation's latest monthly tracking poll, it appears that only about half of uninsured people have any idea that help is on the way. And fewer than a third (31 percent) say they think the law will help them obtain health insurance (Rovner, 8/29).

The Hill: Poll Finds That Knowledge Of Health Care Reform Law Is Slipping
People seem to be forgetting what the health care reform law does, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The monthly tracking poll found a sharp decline in the number of people who are aware that the new law will offer financial help to people who must buy insurance on their own, rather than getting it from an employer. Last summer, 72 percent of those polled were aware of that benefit. Now it's down to 58 percent (Baker, 8/29).

Politico: Kaiser Poll: Uninsured Don't Understand ACA
About half of the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit the most from the health care reform law aren't aware of how the legislation is designed to help them buy insurance, according to a new poll released Monday (Haberkorn, 8/29).

Kaiser Health News' Capsules: Poll: Employees Don't Want Changes In Health Insurance
Only 27 percent of people with insurance provided through their employer said they would accept a more restricted list of doctors and hospitals in their networks, according to the latest monthly poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially-independent program of the foundation.) Less than a third of those polled were willing to pay more for brand name drugs or pay higher deductibles in return for lower premiums (Rau, 8/29).

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