In August, NAIC conducted a phone survey to evaluate the awareness of the public on the provisions of the new health care reform law. In results released Monday, it was obvious that many consumers were confused about when various provisions of the law took effect, with some provisions starting Sept. 23.
Jane Cline, NAIC president and West Virginia insurance commissioner, said in a statement, “Our survey findings are a clear indicator that most Americans are not aware of how soon some of the early health care changes may impact them. It’s essential for consumers to understand what to expect and when to consult their state insurance departments for more information.”
One provision on which consumers seem considerably better informed is the issue of coverage of children. A full 72% knew that any child with a pre-existing condition may no longer be excluded from coverage, and 70% were aware that parents could cover children up to age 26 on their own insurance.