Middle-Income Retirees Say What’s Best and Worst about the Affordable Care Act

A majority of middle-income retirees say that the best aspects of the Affordable Care Act are that it eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions (68%); offers a free Medicare annual wellness visits (60%); and includes initiatives to make Medicare more efficient (60%).

However, 52% say that one of the worst aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the requirement that individuals own health insurance or pay a penalty, according to a latest survey by the Bankers Life. One in six retirees are not aware that ACA caps health insurance premiums for older people relative to rates for younger people (18%) or that it will close the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole (18%).

Twenty-three percent of middle-income retirees say they retired due to a health issue or disability. Therefore, many retired Americans under 65 will turn to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance coverage until they are old enough to qualify for Medicare.

Twenty-seven percent of middle-income retirees ages 55 to 64 who don’t get any government insurance coverage have purchased their own private health insurance policy (15%) or don’t have health insurance (12%). In fact, slightly more retirees ages 55 to 65 are potential beneficiaries of the state health insurance exchanges compared to those in the working population. Forty-two percent of middle-income retirees (ages 55 to 65) have looked into the cost of getting health insurance through an exchange or will do so. For more information, visit www.CenterForASecureRetirement.com.

Last Updated 12/01/2021

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