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A new survey from private foundation The Commonwealth Fund found most Americans who gained healthcare coverage through the federal and state insurance benefits exchanges are satisfied with their plans and have already used their new insurance.

The foundation looked at health insurance data from July to September 2013 and April to June 2014. It found 73 percent of people who have coverage through health plans purchased on the exchanges are happy with their plans. In addition, 77 percent of individuals who had previously had insurance said they satisfied with their new health insurance plans, The New York Times reported.

Many people have already used their new healthcare coverage. The survey found 6 in 10 have either bought a prescription, received care at a hospital or seen a healthcare provider with their new insurance.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the newspaper in an email that he’s surprised at seeing many people being so happy with their coverage so early.

“It’s possible people may have felt coerced into buying coverage, even if they didn’t like it or didn’t feel it was a good value,” Levitt wrote. “That doesn’t seem to be happening so far.”

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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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