Survey from National Alliance for Hispanic Health Finds Most Uninsured Hispanics Have Not Looked for Information on Healthcare.gov

2014 Healthy Americas Survey finds that most (82%) uninsured Hispanics have not looked online for information on healthcare.gov or their state’s marketplace website.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

Embargoed for Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:00am EST — “While there has been much discussion of the importance of the Hispanic community during ACA open enrollment, for the first time with the Healthy Americas Survey we have some data about the priorities and experiences of Hispanics with ACA,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance).

The Alliance today released results of the 2014 Healthy Americas Survey, a bilingual phone survey with a nationally representative sample of 846 respondents fielded from February 16th to March 2nd of this year that included questions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The survey was supported by the Healthy Americas Foundation and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Key findings included:

  • Healthcare.gov: Most (82%) uninsured Hispanics have not looked online for information on healthcare.gov or their state’s marketplace website.
  • Enrollment Support: Many (68%) uninsured Hispanics say in person assistance is the most helpful way to help people make choices among options and enroll in a health plan.
  • Individual Mandate: About half (46%) of uninsured Hispanics report that they have heard “only a little” or “nothing at all” about the March 31st deadline to have health insurance or pay a fine.
  • Understanding of ACA: About two thirds (62%) of uninsured Hispanics report they do not have enough information about ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family.
  • Signup: Most (72%) uninsured Hispanics report price will be the determining factor in whether or not they sign up for a plan.

As part of its ongoing enrollment efforts, the Alliance announced that leading to the March 31st enrollment deadline, it has added staff to its bilingual Su Famllia helpline (1-866-783-2645) offering tailored support to callers with their health care questions, including options under ACA.

“We are committed to ensuring that consumers and policymakers alike have the information and support they need to ensure the best health outcomes for all,” concluded Dr. Delgado.

Note: Study available at HealthyAmericasInstitute.org

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2014 Healthy Americas Survey
Key findings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
March 13, 2014

  • Healthcare.gov: Most (82%) uninsured Hispanics have not looked online for information on healthcare.gov or their state’s marketplace website.
  • Enrollment Support: Many (68%) uninsured Hispanics say in person assistance is the most helpful way to help people make choices among their options and enroll in a health plan.
  • Individual Mandate: About half (46%) of uninsured Hispanics report that they have heard “only a little” or “nothing at all” about the March 31st deadline to have health insurance or pay a fine.
  • Understanding of ACA: About two thirds (62%) of uninsured Hispanics report they do not have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family.
  • Signup: Most (72%) uninsured Hispanics report price will be the determining factor in whether or not they sign up for a plan.
  • Knowledge of Marketplaces: A majority (64%) of uninsured Hispanics report they have heard “only a little” or “nothing at all” about health insurance marketplaces under the ACA.
  • Subsidies: Hispanics (36%) and non-Hispanic blacks (32%) are significantly more likely than non-Hispanic whites (22%) to report that they have heard “nothing at all” about subsidies under the ACA to help modest income Americans pay for premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
  • View of ACA: Hispanics (47%) and non-Hispanic blacks (76%) are significantly more likely to have a “very” or “somewhat favorable” view of the Affordable Care Act compared to non-Hispanic whites (31%).
  • Medicaid Expansion: Hispanics (77%) and non-Hispanic blacks (87%) are significantly more likely than non-Hispanic whites (61%) to report that they “strongly” or “somewhat favor” Medicaid expansion in their state.

Source: National Alliance for Hispanic Health. 2014 Healthy Americas Survey: Hispanics and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Los Angeles, CA: Healthy Americas Institute at the University of Southern California (USC); March 13, 2014. Study available online at HealthyAmericasInstitute.org.

Note: Bilingual telephone interviews conducted for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health from February 16 - March 2, 2014 by SSRS, an independent research company, among a nationally representative sample of 846 respondents age 18 and older. Margin of error for total respondents is +/-3.4% at the 95% confidence level. Margin of error for total Hispanics (n=300) is +/-5.7%, non-Hispanic blacks (n=286) is +/-5.8%, non-Hispanic whites (n=260) is +/-6.1%.

Contact: Adolph P Falcón; 202-797-4341; afalcon(at)healthyamericas(dot)org.


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    National Alliance for Hispanic Health
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