HEART to Release Field Research Survey Showing Strong Voter Support for a ‘Smart’ California Health Benefit Exchange

Young people and minorities — groups essential to averting adverse selection — strongly endorse team-care options to drive down costs, improve medical outcomes and expand access to care

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A survey conducted by the Field Research Corporation reveals that California voters strongly support the elements of a “smart” state Health Benefit Exchange that would employ market forces and provide “team” care options to drive down costs, improve medical outcomes and expand access to care.

“Nearly three in four California voters expressed interest in making health plans available based on a physician-led personal health team approach to care,” said Mark DiCamillo, senior vice president of Field Research Corporation, who conducted the survey.

DiCamillo will release details of the survey of 1,003 California voters during a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, in Room 100 of the Legislative Office Building, 1020 N St., Sacramento. Click here for the survey results, which are embargoed until 11 a.m. on March 22.

Also participating in the briefing will be insurance and health care providers and patients.

DiCamillo noted that support was especially high among young persons and minorities — groups whose participation in the Exchange will be crucial for averting “adverse selection” and keeping the cost of health insurance low and affordable. This finding is particularly good news for policy-makers concerned that adverse selection could destroy the exchange with the costs of insuring a relatively ill population.

Adverse selection would occur if younger, healthier Californians chose not to buy health insurance on the Exchange or to forgo insurance until they became ill. Instead, a significant majority of young persons and minorities reported they would be “much more likely to buy insurance” that offered options with team care characteristics.

Among other significant findings, 71% of voters reported they would be more likely to vote for a statewide candidate who supported a Health Benefit Exchange designed to achieve the goals of the “smart” California Exchange – an approach that is sparking interest among Sacramento policy-makers.

The poll was commissioned by the Healthcare Exchange Advocacy and Responsibility Team (HEART), a broad coalition of California businesses, labor unions, health providers, patient advocacy groups, and insurance plans in the Golden State.

For details about the survey and HEART, visit www.HealthCareExchangeAdvocates.org or email [email protected].


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