Consumers mixed on approval, understanding of Affordable Care Act

Posted on: Tuesday, April 03, 2012

As insurance customers prepare for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new study provides mixed information as to whether they approve of it.

According to The Harris Poll, which surveyed more than 2,200 adults, 36 percent of individuals support the ACA, while 41 percent are opposed to it. Twenty-three percent indicated they weren't sure.

In addition to their being widespread disagreement about whether the ACA should be fully instituted, there's also confusion about what the bill entails. For example, just 20 percent knew that the ACA requires drug companies to pay an annual fee and just 39 percent understood that small businesses would be given tax credits for providing employer-sponsored coverage to their workers.

They were familiar with other aspects of the bill, however, as more than half knew that insurers are forbidden from denying people coverage if they are sick and that adult children can stay on their parents' plans through the age of 26.

It may be a good idea for insurance agents to brush themselves up on the details of the legislation in case their health leads have questions about it.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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