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Data Note: Attempting to Measure Early Impact of the ACA through National Public Opinion Polls- A Note of Caution and What to Watch For
After the October start of open enrollment, under the Affordable Care Act, many journalists, policymakers, and the public at large are eager for early data indicating how the law is working from the perspective of potential enrollees. In particular, given the problems with Healthcare.Gov and some of the state exchange websites, many people want quantitative data about people’s experiences attempting to purchase or enroll in some sort of health insurance coverage using these mechanisms.
This Data Note raises a note of caution about the possible pitfalls of using standard national public opinion polls to make judgments about Americans’ early experiences with health plan enrollment under the ACA.
The December Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds a 13 percentage point rebound in Democratic support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but no overall change in support or opposition since November. In spite of all the attention and controversy surrounding the law and its implementation, the poll finds that nearly half of the public say it won’t make much difference to them or their families.Poll Finding Read More
Final update made on October 10, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace In July 2012, Governor Jack Markell (D) indicated that Delaware would begin planning for a State Partnership Marketplace.1 Delaware will retain plan management and consumer assistance functions, and defer other Marketplace management functionality to…State Profile Read More
Final update made on December 13, 2012 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange On November 6, 2012, Missouri voters passed a ballot measure blocking Governor Jay Nixon (D) from establishing an exchange via Executive Order.1 Legislation establishing a state-based health insurance exchange failed in both the 2012 and…State Profile Read More
Final update made on February 11, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange In October 2011, Mississippi’s elected Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney (R) announced that the state would establish a Health Insurance Exchange that would be operated by the Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association…State Profile Read More
Final update made on September 29, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace On April 12, 2006, former Governor Mitt Romney (R) signed into law comprehensive health reform legislation designed to provide near-universal health coverage for state residents.1 The Massachusetts health reform law became the model…State Profile Read More
Final update made on October 24, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace On February 15, 2013, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) submitted a blueprint to Secretary Sebelius for West Virginia to establish a Partnership Marketplace with plan management responsibilities.1 In the previous year, Governor Tomblin…State Profile Read More
Final update made on December 19, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange On November 15, 2012, Governor Dave Heineman (R) announced that Nebraska would not establish a health insurance exchange.1Earlier in 2012, the Nebraska legislature introduced two bills (LB 835 and LB 838) to establish a…State Profile Read More
Final update made on November 1, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace On June 18, 2012, Governor John Lynch (D) signed HB 1297 into law, which prohibits the state from participating in or enabling a state-based health insurance Marketplace. However, HB 1297 allows for state agencies…State Profile Read More
Final update made on April 19, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange In December 2012, Montana’s elected State Auditor Monica Lindeen (D) confirmed that the federal government would operate a health insurance exchange in Montana.1 The previous year, two proposed bills (HB620 and HB124) to establish a…State Profile Read More