Many uninsured don't intend to obtain health coverage

About 50% of uninsured adults in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll said they weren't planning on purchasing coverage through a health exchange.

Many uninsured don't intend to obtain health coverage
Many uninsured don't intend to obtain health coverage

HealthDay News -- About 50% of uninsured adults do not intend to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act's healthcare exchanges results of a Kaiser Family Foundation poll indicate, Medical Economics reports.

The nationally representative sample included 1,504 adults, 150 of whom were uninsured. Overall, 40% of the uninsured indicated they still intended to purchase insurance, whereas 10% said they were unsure or did not respond. The results were obtained using a random digit dial telephone survey from March 11-17, 2014.

At the time of the survey, two-thirds of the uninsured reported that they had not yet tried to obtain coverage. Those who had tried to obtain coverage had done so though a state or federal exchange, Medicaid, their employer or a private insurance company.

One-third of those without insurance did not know that they were required to have coverage or face a fine, and nearly 60% of respondents were unaware that the enrollment deadline was March 31.

In late March, the White House announced it was extending the insurance enrollment period past the original March 31 deadline for an unspecified length of time. As of April 1, 7.1 million people had signed up for insurance coverage through the exchanges, according to the White House. 

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