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Two-Thirds of ACA Plan Enrollees Expressed Concern With the Current ACA Law, COVID Vaccine

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   November 25, 2020

The eHealth survey also found over two-thirds of ACA plan enrollees find the coverage cost is too expensive.

Results from an eHealth survey released Tuesday found that a majority of Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollees think the current ACA law should be revised.

Almost two-thirds of enrollees expressed concern with the current law. Among respondents who think there is room for improvement are 64% of those receiving federal subsidies and 66% of those not receiving federal subsidies.

Over two-thirds of enrollees find the coverage cost is too expensive, with nearly 70% saying their monthly premiums are not affordable. Among respondents who think there is room for improvement are 44% of premium subsidy recipients and 77% of those not receiving premium subsidies.

Over 400 ACA individual and family health insurance plan enrollees who purchased plans through eHealth voluntarily took part in the survey between November 13 and 16, during the ACA open enrollment period for 2021 plan coverage.

The survey also asked participants questions about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including their thoughts on vaccines, mandatory mask rules, and non-standard treatments.

  • Almost 60% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable receiving a COVID vaccine this winter, while 41% said they are "very" or "somewhat" uncomfortable.
  • When it came to voting in the 2020 presidential election, 14% of respondents said the pandemic was the biggest issue, while 32% said the pandemic was "their second or third top issue when voting this year."
  • Over 40% of respondents said they would want the option to use "experimental or unproven treatments" if they contracted the coronavirus, while 26% said they would not.
  • More than four-in-five respondents said they support mask mandates if it is difficult to social distance while in public, and 19% said they do not support mask mandates.
  • Thirty-seven percent of respondents think the restrictions where they live are not strong enough, 16% think they are too severe, and 40% believe the restrictions are "just about right."
  • Nearly three-in-five respondents said they are now more concerned about the coronavirus while 6% said they are less concerned.

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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