Only one-quarter of adult Americans know that state exchanges will only offer health insurance coverage.
That’s according to managed health care provider WellPoint, which unveils this startling finding in a report based on a telephone survey of 1,013 U.S. adults ages 18 years of age and older. The public relations firm Ketchum conducted the survey on behalf of Wellpoint through ORC International’s CARAVAN Suite of Omnibus Surveys to better understand Americans’ attitudes toward both life and disability income insurance.
Nearly two-thirds of the survey’s respondents (65 percent) incorrectly believe disability income insurance will be offered by state health exchanges. And more than half of respondents (52 percent) incorrectly believe that life insurance will be offered.
The report also identifies homeowners insurance (34 percent), auto insurance (24 percent) and pet insurance (14 percent) as types of coverage that respondents erroneously believe will be offered on state health exchanges.
The report also observes “general confusion” about the benefits provided by disability income insurance, including discounts on fitness services to help improve one’s health. Most notably, a majority of respondents (61 percent) are not aware that if someone becomes pregnant, DI insurance covers their income — or a portion of it — during the time that they’re unable to do their job due to childbirth.