Affordable Care Act, Obamacare — May 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

Survey shows the newly enrolled are happy about their health insurance


And why shouldn’t they be? They’re getting the care they need at a price they can afford.

A national survey conducted by PerryUndem for Enroll America provides some of the first insights into how people who got covered during the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period feel about their new insurance.

Not surprisingly, they feel pretty darn good. Just check out this infographic created by Get Covered America, a national campaign of Enroll America (click on the image to enlarge):

Among the highlights:

  • The newly enrolled are four times more likely to say they are happy with their coverage than unhappy — 41% compared to 11%.
  • 74% of new enrollees were very or somewhat confident they would be able to pay their premiums moving forward.
  • The feeling that best expresses how the newly enrolled feel about having health insurance is “relieved.”
  • 56% of the newly enrolled believe their plan has enough doctors and providers to choose from; only 13% feel there are not enough doctors.

You can read more about the survey results HERE.

Here’s what Erin Knott, Michigan state director of Get Covered America, had to say about the survey results.

Throughout the first open enrollment period and the months that preceded it, Enroll America staff and volunteers were laser-focused on cutting through the political noise and getting consumers the facts. When consumers learned of these facts, they were eager to enroll. We are thrilled, yet not surprised, that survey results we recently released ​indicate that consumers are four times more likely to be happy than unhappy with their new coverage. This only strengthens our resolve to shrink the knowledge gap and mobilize even more consumers to take advantage of the new quality health coverage options.

Although Republicans like Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg continue hunting for “horror stories” about the ACA, or Obamacare, they’re coming up empty-handed.

Earlier this month, Congressman Walberg spoke with physicians at the University of Michigan Family Practice Clinic at the Chelsea Health Center, according to the Chelsea Standard.

Walberg asked about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the center and the physicians responded that with the expansion of Medicaid [under the ACA] more people are coming to the practice instead of the emergency room. With improved access to health care, the new patients are getting better care for improved health.

‘We have found the volume at the free clinic diminishing,’ Eric Skye, associate chair for Educational Programs, said. ‘The populations we serve are getting access either through Medicaid expansion or through the exchanges.’

Doctors and patients agree: Getting covered is good for your health — and your physical, emotional and financial well-being.