Time Will Tell if the ACA Will Alleviate Concerns Over Medical, Health Insurance Costs
|June 29, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, Policy||
With yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act as the last (judicial) word, the government is ramping up implementation efforts while pundits and the press are postulating about if it will help or harm the country. In the middle is the citizenry, and they continue to struggle with healthcare costs as evidenced by a May 2012 survey conducted by the The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that found the costs of medical care and services were a chief worry among adults, regardless of their age. In fact, coverage/cost was such a concern, that it played a key role in determining whether or not respondents would see a doctor.
According to the tracking poll, over a quarter (26 percent) of Americans are themselves struggling to pay medical bills or have a family member in that situation. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed reported that they avoided or delayed medical care due to concerns with the financial costs.
Data from the poll is presented and discussed in the June 2012 edition of the Health Security Watch including,
- 64 percent of those polled were worried about having to pay more for health care and insurance,
- 52 percent of those insured privately reported a recent increase in premiums, and
- 41 percent were worried about losing their health insurance.