Friday, May 22, 2015

Survey: Most ACA Insurance Marketplace Enrollees Satisfied With Coverage

This month’s Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll surveyed Americans with nongroup health insurance, meaning they are not insured through their employer. Many of these individuals (60 percent) purchased their health insurance from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual marketplace.

The KFF poll reports nearly three-quarters of marketplace enrollees (74 percent) are satisfied with their overall coverage, rating it either excellent or good. A majority (59 percent) also say their insurance was an excellent or good value for what they paid for it.

These satisfaction rates are below those for employer-sponsored health insurance, however. Three-quarters (75 percent) of marketplace enrollees say they are satisfied with their choice of primary care doctors and hospitals, compared with a 92-percent satisfaction rate for employee-sponsored coverage. And though many marketplace enrollees receive premium tax credits and subsidies to help pay for insurance, 65 percent say they are satisfied with their monthly premium compared with 73 percent of those with employer-sponsored coverage.

Opinion on the value of these health plans is split along partisan lines: More than half of Republicans with nongroup insurance (55 percent) say they have been affected negatively by the ACA, while two-thirds of Democrats (64 percent) say they have benefited from the law.

Read the poll’s full findings at KFF.

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