Most uninsured Americans plan to buy insurance in response to health reform law

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5962
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A majority of Americans without insurance plan to obtain coverage in response to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a new poll has found, but many remain unaware of key provisions of the law.

In a Gallup poll released on 30 September, 65% of uninsured Americans surveyed said that they intended to buy insurance by 1 January 2014 rather than pay the fine mandated by the Affordable Care Act.1

But the majority (51%) of those surveyed said that they were “not familiar at all” with new health insurance exchanges.

The Gallup poll was based on telephone interviews conducted between 17 and 26 September with a random sample of 5099 adults aged 18 and older living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

The exchanges, which opened for …

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