As the October 1st opening of the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces approaches and outreach efforts ramp up, this month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll seeks to understand where the public is turning for information about the law, and which sources of information they trust most. Rising to the top of the list of trusted sources are doctors and nurses (44 percent say they would trust them “a lot” for information about the law), federal agencies (34 percent), state agencies (33 percent) and pharmacists (30 percent). About one in five say they would put a lot of trust in information from employers (21 percent), churches (21 percent), non-profit and community organizations (20 percent), and family and friends (18 percent), while fewer feel this way about health insurance companies (15 percent) and the news media (8 percent). At the bottom of the list, just 3 percent say they would trust information about the ACA from social networking sites “a lot.”
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Roughly half the public (51 percent) continues to say they don’t have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family, a share that has been fairly steady since 2010. The share who feel they don’t have enough information is particularly high among Hispanics (64 percent), the uninsured (62 percent), young adults (62 percent of those ages 18-25), and those with lower incomes (60 percent of those with family incomes less than $40,000 a year).
Further, a large share remains confused about the law’s status, with 44 percent either thinking the law has been repealed (8 percent), overturned by the Supreme Court (5 percent), or unsure whether it remains the law or not (31 percent).