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Consumers may not yet feel the positive impact of the ACA

More than 8 million Americans enrolled in health plans through the federal and state insurance marketplaces, yet a new study by Gallup found few have seen any benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

Gallup asked more than 2,500 Americans about how the ACA has affected them, and only 27 percent of people who signed up for policies this year said the healthcare reform law has helped them. However, Gallup noted this demographic is relatively small compared to the others. Of those who are insured and had a policy in place before the beginning of this year, only 11 percent said the ACA has benefited them. In addition, 13 percent of those without insurance said the same. 

The majority of people said the ACA has had no effect on them, and the prevailing feeling among Americans is that the ACA may not make a difference to them in the long run. 

“The law has never really recovered from the messed up rollout of the health exchanges last fall – that was a severe black eye,” said Doug Whiteman, an insurance analyst with, according to US News. “I also think that some of the negative political messages by the law’s opponents also have a psychological impact on people.”

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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