A Little Knowledge Is a Risky Thing: Wide Gap in What People Think They Know about Health Insurance and What They Actually Know

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Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans gained health coverage in 2014. Coverage is key to accessing affordable, high-quality care, but consumers who struggle to understand how health insurance works and how to estimate out-of-pocket costs are at risk of going without needed care even if they are covered. This brief outlines what health insurance aspects pose the greatest problems for consumers, which groups need more assistance to enroll and use benefits, and what topics and skills consumer-counseling efforts should focus on.

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Date: Oct 2014
Author: American Institutes for Research