Survey: Uninsured ‘disengaged’

Most of the nation's uninsured are "disengaged" from the ongoing enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act, a health-care survey indicates. Just 15 percent of those without health insurance are aware that Jan. 31 is the deadline to enroll for Obamacare coverage, the Kaiser Family Foundation survey suggests. The majority (57 percent) of those surveyed could not identify the deadline day, which has been widely publicized and ... (More)

Uninsured rate flat in 2015

The nation's rate of uninsured adults showed little change in 2015, according to a new study. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicates 11.9 percent of adults went without insurance in the fourth quarter, up from 11.6 in the third quarter. The uninsured rate was "essentially unchanged throughout 2015," an accompanying report said, as the figure was 11.9 percent for the first quarter. Overall, though, the uninsured rate has ... (More)

Obamacare support at peak in Calif.

The Affordable Care Act is enjoying unprecedented and widespread support in California as it enters its third signup period. More than 60 percent of voters support the healthcare reform law, with just 33 percent opposed, according to a new California Field Poll. That 62 percent support rating is up from 56 percent shown in the Field Poll of 2014. "While views about the ACA remain highly partisan, for the first time, majorities ... (More)

Health-care uninsured rate at low

The U.S. uninsured rate for health care fell to 11.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, reflecting sharp declines among minorities and lower-income groups, researchers say. The 11.4 percent mark for adults is the lowest recorded since the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index began in 2008. The uninsured rate has dropped nearly six percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, just before the requirement for Americans to ... (More)

Covered Cal cost a burden, 44% say

As California's Obamacare operation begins negotiations over rates for 2016, a new survey shows many of the newly insured are having trouble paying their premiums. 44 percent of Covered California enrollees told researchers it is "somewhat difficult" or "very difficult" to pay their monthly premium, according to the study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-fourths of consumers who bought their insurance via Covered California ... (More)