MyHealthTeams Survey Finds That State Lines Do Not Impact Where Americans with Pre-Existing Chronic Conditions Seek ObamaCare Information

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More Than 60% of Americans with a Chronic Health Condition Do Not Think ObamaCare Will Impact the Cost or Amount of Their Insurance Coverage or Costs

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The survey results revealed that more than 60% of those living with a chronic health condition do not think the implementation of health exchanges will impact their insurance coverage or costs.

MyHealthTeams, the San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities, today announced results of a new survey of more than 500 people living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition. The survey results revealed that more than 60% of those living with a chronic health condition do not think the implementation of health exchanges will impact their insurance coverage or costs.

Regardless of state lines, participants with chronic conditions identified the same top three sources which they would turn to for more information regarding the health exchange: Google Search, ObamaCare Navigators, and disease-specific social networks.

One-third of respondents are unsure of how the Affordable Care Act will impact the treatment they receive for their condition. That said, those from Red States are more likely to turn to Google Search for answers to their health exchange questions, while those from Blue States are more likely to turn to ObamaCare Navigators. No matter the state (red or blue), 25% of respondents feel they can turn to chronic condition peer social networks such as MyMSTeam (for those living with multiple sclerosis), MyAutismTeam (for parents of individuals with autism) or MyBCTeam (for women facing breast cancer) for answers from those who share their condition. Many also answered they would turn to their HR departments for more information. And while peer social networks for chronic conditions were popular, noticeably under represented from the places people would turn for more information about ObamaCare were Facebook and Twitter.

Where Blue States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):
39% ObamaCare Navigators
36% Google Search
24% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
1% Facebook or Twitter

Where Red States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):
43% Google Search
26% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
26% ObamaCare Navigators
4% Facebook or Twitter

"When you have a chronic condition or disease, it doesn’t matter if you’re from a Red State or Blue State," says Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. "You want to talk with other people in the same situation as you, and learn what is working best for them. People are turning to these communities for more objective, de-politicized advice on how to navigate ObamaCare."

About the Survey

MyHealthTeams conducted this online member survey of its three social networks for chronic condition communities (MyMSTeam, MyBCTeam, MyAutismTeam) from October 2 – October 7, 2013, with more than 500 individuals living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition participating in the survey.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams is a San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities. We believe that when you or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease, it should be easy to connect with people just like you, who can share their experiences, and help you discover the best people around for help. MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has nearly 50,000 parents of individuals with autism. In September 2012, the company launched MyBCTeam for women facing breast cancer, which has more than 5,000 women on the site. The latest site created by MyHealthTeams is MyMSTeam, designed for those living with multiple sclerosis, which has 8,000 members. To learn more about the full MyHealthTeams network, visit MyHealthTeams.com.

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