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Survey: a majority of Kentuckians don't support or understand Affordable Care Act

Kentucky's health exchange call center opened last August to answer questions leading up to the start of enrollment in Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance option under the nationwide Affordable Care Act.
Kentucky's health exchange call center opened last August to answer questions leading up to the start of enrollment in Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance option under the nationwide Affordable Care Act. Herald-Leader

Nearly half of Kentuckians have a poor view of the Affordable Care Act, and 57 percent say they don't have enough information to know whether the health care reform effort will affect them.

Those are among the findings released Thursday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

According to the poll, 68 percent of uninsured adults said they didn't have enough information about how health reform would affect them and only 30 percent had a favorable view of the ACA. The poll also showed that 59 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Independents and 53 percent of Democrats all reported not having enough information about health care reform.

"Lots of work needs to be done to educate Kentuckians, especially those who are uninsured, about the law's provisions and impacts on families throughout the Commonwealth," said Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the foundation, a non-profit health education and research group.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 25 to Nov. 26. A random sample of 1,551 adults throughout Kentucky was interviewed.

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