MPH student explores shortfalls in ACA subsidy awareness

aca-signupIn a post on the LDI Voices blog co-written by MPH student Christopher Colameco and LDI’s Janet Weiner, the two take a look at why America’s uninsured don’t hold favorable opinions of the Affordable Care Act:


[In February], McKinsey & Company reported that 50% of those who shopped for a plan but did not enroll said that they could not afford the coverage. However, 66% of those who cited affordability issues were unaware of the ACA’s subsidy provisions.

Could it be that the uninsured hold the ACA in such little favor because they don’t know about how it could help them?

Chris has been doing his fieldwork with LDI, assisting in the creation of Data Briefs designed to describe the affects of the Affordable Care Act. The post came about after Chris noticed a pattern while doing some research. “I just thought that lack of awareness among the uninsured was startling and could certainly be having an affect on why this specific population views the law so negatively,” he explains.

You can read more about Chris’s work on the ACA in a Data Brief available here. The brief was recently cited by the New York Times in an article about the deadline to sign up for coverage under the ACA.

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