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The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Topic: health insurance marketplace

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December 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Poll: Americans better understand, still don’t love, health-care reform

The federal website.

The federal website.

National polls find that while 60 percent of Americans say they understand the Affordable Care Act requirement that nearly everyone must have health insurance, slightly more than half don’t like the health-care overhaul and want it changed or chucked.

A poll released today by Harris Interactive dug more deeply into the opinions of the uninsured, who face penalties if they don’t get insurance by March of next year. The survey found that more than one-third of uninsured Americans say they are prepared to make health-insurance choices — but 31 percent said they didn’t know about the health insurance exchanges set up to sell the coverage.

On top of that, 61 percent of the uninsured say they have done “nothing” in the past year to get ready for the Affordable Care Act. More than half say they don’t know what they’re going to do about the requirement that they get insurance.

The poll by Harris Interactive surveyed 1,005 Americans through an online survey conducted Nov. 4 – 11 and released Tuesday by Transamerica Center for Health Studies. Of the 1,005 questioned, 221 were uninsured.


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September 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Exchange Board certifies health plans, at last

In the end, it was a calm affair. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon to vote on the certification of health plans for the state’s new online health insurance marketplace in 2014. In less than an hour, the board voted unanimously to approve the health plans of seven insurers: Premera…


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