Uninsured Unaware Of Coming Health Benefits : Shots - Health News A new poll finds that only half of uninsured people are aware that help is on the way from the federal health overhaul. Fewer than a third say they think the law will help them obtain health insurance.
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Uninsured Largely Unaware Of Benefits Coming From Overhaul

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And now let's look at a new study of the government's health overhaul. NPR's Julie Rovner reports that many of the people most likely to be helped by it don't know it.

JULIE ROVNER: When it comes to last year's huge health law, there's not much that people agree on, but there is one thing, says Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

DREW ALTMAN: And that's that it really does help the uninsured. Thirty-two million uninsured people will get coverage.

ROVNER: One conclusion, he says, is that the law's supporters have let opponents define the law on their terms.

ALTMAN: That's why it became, in the minds of many, a government takeover.

ROVNER: But Altman thinks there's something else. The uninsured, like everyone else outside of Washington, have so far experienced the health law as little more than a political debate.

ALTMAN: And what it means is this will be real for people when it's real, which is mostly in 2014.

ROVNER: Julie Rovner, NPR News, Washington.

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