The second round of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) open enrollment is a mere few weeks away, but apparently, no one knows that.
Nearly nine in 10 (89 percent) of the nation’s uninsured are unaware that open enrollment begins November 15 — including 76 percent who say they don’t know when open enrollment begins and another 13 percent who name a start date other than next month, according to the latest tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
PPACA’s open enrollment period runs Nov. 15-Feb. 15.
Adding to the problem, two-thirds of the uninsured say they know “only a little” or “nothing at all” about the exchanges and just over half (53 percent) are unaware of the financial assistance available to help low- and moderate-income individuals purchase insurance.
The latest tracking poll, out Tuesday, is the latest indicator of continued confusion and unawareness of PPACA, especially among the key demographic the law is most meant to help. Similarly, a survey from Transamerica Center for Health Studies recently found that 46 percent of those who remain uninsured say they still haven’t heard of the individual mandate, and 43 percent have not heard of the exchanges.