This data brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports results from a national survey of individuals who have purchased their own health insurance (through “non-group” markets), including the Federally-Facilited Health Insurance Marketplace and state-based health insurance marketplaces established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Forty-three of the respondents purchased their current health insurance through one of the ACA marketplaces. Forty-nine percent of the respondents had assistance in purchasing their current health insurance, with 34% using health insurance brokers or agents, 26% receiving assistance from the marketplace staff, and 22% receiving assistance from family members and friends.
Interestingly, 42% of the respondents are paying monthly premiums for their health insurance coverage below $200/month, and another 21% are paying monthly premiums between $201 and $500/month. Twenty-seven percent reported that they are receiving assistance paying their premiums and other health care costs (through tax credits under the ACA), with 81% of those individuals reporting that they could not afford the health insurance without the premium assistance.
The survey was conducted by telephone in English and Spanish from April 3 through May 11, 2014 among a nationally representative random sample of 742 adults who purchase their own insurance. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/- 4 percentage points.