Most uninsured people haven't visited O-Care site, survey finds

A strong majority of uninsured adults lack basic knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and haven’t visited an ObamaCare exchange yet, according to a poll released Thursday.

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The survey from Enroll America, a nonprofit with close ties to the Obama administration that is aiming to sign people up, found seven out of 10 uninsured people in the United States haven’t visited an ObamaCare online exchange yet.

“Results show that the ACA rollout ‘glitches’ have not been a major barrier for the vast majority of uninsured in the country — most have not yet tried to visit their online marketplace,” the report says.

In addition, 81 percent said they didn’t know March 31 is the open enrollment deadline, after which they would be subject to the individual mandate penalty, if they remain uninsured.

Sixty-nine percent said they weren’t aware that tax subsidies and financial help might be available for them, and 59 percent said they didn’t know anything about plans that may be available in their state.

“Large proportions of the uninsured are also still in the dark about deadlines and that brand new plans are available,” the report says. “The fact that most have heard of HealthCare.gov suggest some media coverage is penetrating, but a lack of facts about costs and coverage may be the greatest barriers to enrollment.”

The administration is well behind its enrollment targets.

The Health and Human Services Department and the insurance industry had planned public relations campaigns for the beginning of open enrollment in October but delayed them because of the malfunctioning federal website, HealthCare.gov.

The Hill reported on Wednesday HHS will run ObamaCare ads during the Winter Olympics, targeting the young and healthy in parts of the country where there are large numbers of uninsured people.

The nationwide survey of 910 adults was conducted by PerryUndem Research/Communication Dec. 12-22 and has a 4.3-percentage-point margin of error.

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