Employers Fail to Educate Workers about the ACA

Fifty-one percent of workers say their employer has not given them information about the ACA (34%) or they do not know if their employer has done so (17%), according to a survey Harris Interactive and released by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies. Majorities of those insured plan to continue receiving coverage through their employer or keep the same insurance they have.

Eighty-one percent of those insured under an employer say they plan to keep the same coverage compared to 53% of those with an individual plan. Only 10% of the uninsured plan to purchase health insurance through the new exchange. Only 35% say they are very or somewhat prepared for the ACA, up slightly from 30% in July. Thirty-one percent haven’t even heard of the new health insurance exchanges compared to 15% of the general population.

But, the general population is significantly more informed of (60%) and prepared for (72%) the ACA than in July (48% and 63% respectively), but that has not resulted in action since 59% say they have done nothing in the past 12 months to prepare for the ACA. “More Americans are informed and prepared for the March 31, 2014 mandatory health coverage date, but a significant number have yet to actually sign up for health insurance in the exchanges or in the traditional insurance market,” said Hector De La Torre, executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

Fifty-one percent of working Americans say that their employer has not given them information about the ACA or they do not recall whether their employer has done so. As of 2013, most employers must notify their employees about specific health coverage information, including the health exchange in their state

One of the most positive reactions to the new health care law comes from those with pre-existing medical conditions; 35% of those who were unable to access or afford health insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition say they can now get health coverage as a result of the ACA. For more information, visit https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org.

Last Updated 09/16/2020

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