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Most uninsured Americans haven't tried to sign up for health care plan

Fear of costs cuts sign-ups, survey finds

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:51 AM
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Halfway through the open-enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, nearly 70 percent of uninsured Americans say they haven’t visited a Web site to sign up. Their biggest reason? They think they can’t afford the insurance.

A bigger effort to help educate people in Georgia will now reach outside the At­lanta area to places such as Augusta and Savannah, officials said.

A survey released Thurs­day by the pro-enrollment group Enroll America found that many uninsured knew of health insurance marketplaces and were aware of problems with the federal healthcare.gov Web site, but there was widespread ignorance of the subsidies and insurance already available.

“They very much know about the glitches and they’re paying attention,” said Tresa Undem, a partner in the firm that did the survey. “But they’re not hearing that information about the tax subsidies and the financial help and what the plans cover.”

Most of the uninsured are not aware of many other key aspects of the law, such as the 81 percent who did not know that the deadline to sign up through the marketplaces is March 31. That fits what navigator Terri Gant, of Medical Associate Plus at Belle Terrace, is seeing in her outreach.

“Quite a few people think that the deadline has already occurred,” she said. “There are people out there who just don’t know that they need to sign up and that there is a penalty attached (to not having coverage).”

Nearly 70 percent said they did not know about the financial assistance available, and 59 percent were unaware of new insurance plans, according to the survey of 910 uninsured, which was conducted Dec. 12-22 and has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

“Because attention has focused on the Web site problems and not on the tax credits available to many consumers, most uninsured adults say that they were not aware that financial assistance is available to help them
purchase insurance,” said Anne Filipic, the president of En­roll America. “And a similar number say affordability is the biggest reason they have not enrolled in the past.”

With those subsidies, nearly six in 10 would be able to find coverage for less than $100 a month, she said.

“There really are these affordable options for them,” Filipic said.

To help educate more people about subsidies and other key parts of the law, Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign is beefing up its staff and reaching out to more organizations to work with an outreach.

Enroll American Georgia is adding three organizers and is working to get to Augusta “as quickly as possible starting now,” said Alex Dom­bron­ovich, its communications director.

The group is looking for community groups to work with, in particular faith-based, Latino and black organizations and those that are “women-centric,” she said.

COST ESTIMATE

Are you curious to see what your health insurance costs would be if you enrolled through the health insurance marketplace? Get Covered America has an online calculator that can give you an idea at getcoveredamerica.org/calculator.

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/10/14 - 06:05 am
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Subsidies that are paid for

Subsidies that are paid for by the other suckers having to pay more than $100 a month. How is this any different than before?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/10/14 - 07:32 am
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They don't know about this

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They don't know about this stuff because they listen to republican sources. I don't know the exact specifics, but if you make less than something like $46K a year you quality for some type of assistance. It's a lot different because it allows people that used to not qualify or afford the insurance to purchase now.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/10/14 - 08:24 am
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Scooby, actually, the

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Scooby, actually, the subsidies don't come from insurance payments, they come from income tax. Something had to be done to bring down insurance costs, especially since the entire medical industry has immunized itself from the law of supply and demand.

csralookout
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csralookout 01/10/14 - 09:20 am
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Income Tax

GACopprhed is correct. Income taxes are increasing to pay for Affordable Care Act...check out the new tax law changes. The folks who are paying federal income taxes(53% of us) are paying for those who can't afford health insurance! It's as simple as that.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 09:27 am
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Government Navigator. WOW. On a snowball headed for hell.

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Government Navigator. WOW. On a snowball headed for hell.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 09:28 am
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Government Navigators. Hired to sell free stuff to free loaders.

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Government Navigators. Hired to sell free stuff to free loaders.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 09:29 am
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Elvis sang it best, " lead us oh LORD, lead us...."

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Elvis sang it best, " lead us oh LORD, lead us...."

YeCats
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YeCats 01/10/14 - 09:45 am
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Subsidies Available!

Get you subsidies right here! Quick and easy! No worrys about cost, we've taking care of everything! Step right up!
(Maybe, just change the word "subsidies" to "free heath insurance".)

Word of mouth will do the rest.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/10/14 - 09:44 am
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Nice Spin

"nearly six in 10". So, roughly 50%.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 10:24 am
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I believe I remember the

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I believe I remember the President saying that the ACA wouldn't raise our taxes one dime. Surely he didn't lie AGAIN.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/10/14 - 10:28 am
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"They think they can’t afford

"They think they can’t afford the insurance"

Yup - ENTITLEMENT attitude - I want my Obama phone!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 10:44 am
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Entitlement?

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You may want to cut some of these people some slack. 6,000,000,000 of them used to have insurance that they could afford, until the ACA caused them to lose that insurance and forced them to my a more expensive replacement.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 10:42 am
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Y'all see where Wallmart

Y'all see where Wallmart provides cheaper and better health care than the ACA-after all the efforts to demonize Wallmart we see the lying Dems at it again.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 10:44 am
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Most of the savings of the

Most of the savings of the ACA is from taxing the wealthy-wealthy will pay more for medicare too. But these taxes affect from middle-middle class on up.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/10/14 - 10:56 am
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That is the OTHER shock that

That is the OTHER shock that MIDDLE CLASS working Americans will get.....AFTER THE 2014 ELECTIONS. Their INCOME TAX. They think that the only place they are getting screwed for Obamacare is the HUGE increase in their insurance premiums, copays, and deductibles. But when they go to file their 2014 income taxes in early 2015 they will find that they had only paid part of the freeloader's bill. But that will be after the 2014 elections and the Democrats will just smile and say "gotcha".

This morning the new Labor Participation Rate is only a little over 62%. The WORST labor participation rate in 35 years.....same as at the end of Jimmy Carter's failed economy. And we ONLY had 74,000 jobs created last month. They were expecting almost 250,000. The failed Obama economy is in full swing and we are in big trouble. The REAL unemployment rate is over 11% and people have given up looking for a job. Companies are not hiring because of Democrat's economic policies and because of the Democrat's Obamacare.

Working people....the COST of your health care insurance was FORCED up by the Democrats. Your TAXES are being FORCED up by the Democrats. Only 62% of the people who SHOULD be working are working and YOU are footing the bills for the other 38%. All thanks to the failed Democrat economic policies and regulations.....and Obamacare.

Remember all of that when you go to the polls next time to elect our Senators and House members. Under our current administration the WORST IS YET TO COME.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 01/10/14 - 11:05 am
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DICHOTOMY

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You are 100% accurate but the low information voters who put Obama in power will continue to vote for free stuff. The fact is the takers now outnumber the makers as we watch the collapse of the country.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 12:00 pm
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I guess people don't think

I guess people don't think maybe the uninsured don't want to be insured. I doubt the "uninsured" want to bother with it-logically they haven't before now so why da heck would anyone think they would bother now. Just like the population that abuses the emergency room and those that go to specialist too often will continue that behavior. But Dems are just clueless or suffer mind blindness to any alternative thinking other than their own and then their false assumption-but what really is shameful is they unilaterally passed a bad law they didn't even read. That's just too careless and incompetent for any office.

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raul 01/10/14 - 12:06 pm
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So we wreck the whole health

So we wreck the whole health insurance business for the 15% of uninsured who are such duds they aren't even interested in becoming insured. Thanks, Obama!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 12:42 pm
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So we save, at most, 100

So we save, at most, 100 billion over ten years. That pretty small change considering Obama will spend over 2 billion per day in deficit spending-if he can reduce it to the 744 billion in over spending as promised for the 2014 budget. The ACA is a dismal failure and joke for mention of "affordable", "savings", or "better health care"-all blatant lies as everything about the ACA the president has stated. Millions of Americans have had their insurance cancelled and millions more changed to more expense and less care, all this stress is "terroristic", and who to blame Dems and Obama. This farce has to end. What's that fella or group that always accurately predicts elections-well he or they says the Rep will be in control of both houses of Congress come next presidential election. Maybe there is still time to oust out all these Marxist Dems because this time it isn't some McCarthy-istic joke but the real deal. So Obama plans to over spend and add 744 billion to the deficit for just this one year, but he will be proud that he is gonna save 100 billion over ten years with the ACA. Incompetence comes to mind doesn't it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 01:21 pm
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So if Obama would just not

So if Obama would just not spend 2 billion dollars one day a month he would save us the 2 billion a month to fund unemployment benefits. hee,hee,hee.

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myfather15 01/10/14 - 03:29 pm
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Republicans need to step out

Republicans need to step out of the way and let them do whatever they want!! My friends would say "But, that will destroy the Country". Maybe it will and maybe that's what is needed. It's time for people to WAKE UP!! Maybe it's time for people to NOT be so comfortable, because American's have become complacent with that comfort!! They have allowed that comfort to make them NOT CARE!!! They've allowed that comfort to make them vote for IDIOTS and COMMUNISTS!! They've allowed that comfort to make them more uninformed and uneducated in history!!

Maybe, just maybe when they hit rock bottom, people will get off THEIR BUTTS and get involved!! America has went from a Country of Warriors, fighting for freedom, to a Country of spineless panzies!! It's TIME American's got involved!!! It's time they turned off the TV, Video games and phones, and get INVOLVED!! It's time for a WAKE UP CALL to America!!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/10/14 - 03:43 pm
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Isaiah Chapter 1

2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

3The ox knoweth his owner, and the [filtered word] his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

4Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

5Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

6From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

7Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
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19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

21How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

22Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

23Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Twenty three sounds JUST LIKE our politicians!! Companion's of theives, only caring about their own personal rewards and loving gifts (Pork spending). They have no soundness in them!! They are sick, from the sole of the foot to the head, meaning from our lowest politicians (City and County) to the head (Federal government). There is no soundness in them!! Even an ox know's who his master is but we have no clue. WE are voting these communist (strangers) into office!! The whole head is sick (Head of State/Government). The City is JerUSAlem!!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/10/14 - 03:59 pm
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Keep reading through the first 3 chapters

Especially 2:8 "Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:"

People worship TECHNOLOGY!! Phones, computers, cars, televisions, video games; and can't find time to give God the slightest bit of penance!!

Then Chapter 3:4 "And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them."

The leaders we have today ARE the children and grandchildren of the REAL LEADERS, the children of the generations that FOUGHT for that freedom!! How many of our politicians "leaders" have actually shed BLOOD for FREEDOM?? How many of THEM have had to fight and sacrifice their own safety, to secure the freedom of the people?? Our leaders today are ALL babes!! They make decisions that you would think a 1st grader made!!

Isaiah 3:5 "And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable."

The child shall behave proudly against the ancient!! Does this not remind you of the "Knockout game"???? Teenagers, walking up and hitting elderly people, as hard as they can and being PROUD of it, laughing and giggling as the elderly person lies there in pain!! Posting the video to youtube, to proudly broadcast their evil deeds!! Unrepentful of anything they do!!

bob0142
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bob0142 01/10/14 - 06:12 pm
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Most uninsured Americans did

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Most uninsured Americans did not want it to start with. And besides, the affordable care act had little to do with health care, it is all about control. They can accuse us of racism or any ism they want but the truth is the truth.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/10/14 - 07:35 pm
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I think I need to clarify my

I think I need to clarify my point. I meant those of us who do not qualify for subsidies will be covering those that do get them with our tax dollars. As a so called middle class workier paying more and more taxes, I will feel the pain of paying a regular non subsidized amount and pay more taxes while others enjoy low cost health care.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 07:52 pm
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It's the hide the bean (your

It's the hide the bean (your money) under one of the three cups. They stick you with this high cost premium and deductible but you get a subsidy-roughly half the cost if you make 45K a year. So it doesn't really reduce the cost that much and you forget the numerous new taxes that will foot your reduction. You pay more just don't realize it with sticker shock-but if your rich well Obama hates your guts and wants to stick it to you and for you to know it. So while the low middle class will qualify for a subsidy the middle middle class, and upper middle class on up don't, so that subsidy is being paid for by you and you're being played.

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KSL 01/11/14 - 09:45 am
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The law needs to be changed.

The law needs to be changed. If you sneak into this country and doff a baby, that baby should not be an American citizen. NEVER.

If you are caught, back you go immediately.

close the borders immediately. Up and down. Shoot to kill, with warning of course, including to the Mexican Gov, who are actively involved in the overtaking.

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