More than half of people who bought health insurance on exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act were previously uninsured, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy group.
The survey found that 57 percent were previously uninsured, 9 percent were covered by Medicaid or some other public health insurance program, 16 percent were covered by a different individual health plan, 14 percent were covered by an employer or had COBRA coverage for people who continue their employer’s coverage after being laid off, and the remaining 4 percent declined to answer or didn’t know what coverage they had.
The survey was conducted by telephone with interviews of 742 people between the ages of 18 and 64 was conducted April 3 through May 11.
“There has been considerable debate about how many people signing up for coverage in the new exchanges were uninsured. Our survey reveals that the majority of people who enrolled in the new exchanges were previously uninsured,” Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew Altman said in a statement.