While many Americans are extremely familiar with the term Obamacare, very few can tell you what Obamacare actually entails.
More than six in ten Americans admit that they do not have the information necessary to understand the changes the law will bring, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. The Obama administration may have the grueling task of coaxing 7 million uninsured people to sign up for coverage by the end of March but human resource professional have the task of informing and educating their staff.
Already, many government ally associations have embarked on public relation campaigns. These campaigns have been put into motion to educate people about health-care plans and the fact that some people will qualify for government assistance in the fall.
HR experts explain that insurance companies have also been getting in on this action. Health co-op companies have been approaching areas with large populations of uninsured people to tell them what the new laws say and what their options are.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals this lack of Obamacare education is found across all ages, races, genders, income groups and party affiliation. Additionally, there are differences in understanding depending on what region of the United States is looked at. This is primarily due to the varied levels of promotion and education.
Unfortunately, there is even confusion among some legislation supporters, even though if a person labeled him or herself as a supporter, one would think they would understand what is going on. White House officials are not necessarily surprised by all of this confusion since health insurance is confusing to begin with. Since Americans will have six months to comply with the requirements it appears some are dragging their feet when it comes to understanding what is being offered.
White House coordinator for health care reform, Chris Jennings, said that the administration will begin its big public information push after October 1, so that people find out online how the law will apply to them. Jennings explained that the reason for this timing is because most people engage when they need to take action.
“Their lives are very busy, they have many other priorities in the here and now, and when they engage they want to have the information necessary to make an informed choice,” Jennings said.