Knowledge and perceptions of the Affordable Care Act by uninsured patients at a free clinic

Stephen M Petrany, Matthew Christiansen
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2014, 25 (2): 675-82
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has as one of its main objectives to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. The understanding of the ACA reforms by uninsured patients will likely influence the degree of success in achieving this objective. This study assessed the basic knowledge and opinions regarding the ACA of patients at a free clinic and the impact of a brief educational intervention on respondents' knowledge and opinions. One hundred uninsured adult patients completed a brief survey about the ACA before and after viewing a video outlining the major features of the act. The study cohort initially performed worse than national polls on all knowledge questions. Significant improvement was observed after the educational video. Our study suggests a need for educational efforts directed at those individuals most likely to benefit from the ACA. We demonstrated that a brief intervention during a routine office visit may improve knowledge of the ACA.

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