Here’s a potential snag in the success of health reform: Almost two-thirds of uninsured Americans haven’t yet decided whether they will purchase health insurance by the Jan. 1 deadline.
That’s the finding from InsuranceQuotes.com, which surveyed some 1,000 Americans.
Only 19 percent of the uninsured surveyed by InsuranceQuotes.com said they will get coverage by the deadline, while 10 percent said they plan to stay uninsured and pay the penalty. The rest haven’t decided, despite the fact that open enrollment under state exchanges that are selling coverage is set to begin in a few months.
The new survey also found widespread confusion — and skepticism — about the law’s provisions. Most of those questioned (58 percent) said they aren’t sure whether they are eligible for the law’s health subsidies. And those with an annual income under $30,000 are the least likely to be aware of their eligibility (68 percent aren’t sure).