As professionals in the industry debate the fallout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for insurance agents, a new survey indicates that many don't think it will benefit them or their insurance customers.
The poll, which was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that nearly three in every four - 74 percent - insurance brokers thought the PPACA would be beneficial overall, with 14 percent indicating it won't have much of an effect one way or the other. Just 4 percent thought it would hurt the typical agent.
The survey also analyzed brokers' opinions about aspects of the PPACA that have already gone into effect, such as insurers no longer being able to deny someone coverage due to a preexisting health condition. Only 26 percent said the mandate made healthcare coverage more accessible, while 46 percent indicated it had no impact.
Meanwhile, about 13 percent said that the stipulation made access to coverage - and health insurance quality in general - worse.