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Summary of 2011 AARP Survey of New Yorkers Ages 50-64: State Health Insurance Exchange

State health insurance exchanges are a provision of the new health law passed by Congress in 2010. States can establish and run their own state health insurance exchange or the exchange will be developed and run by the federal government.  AARP in New York commissioned a survey of residents ages 50 to 64 to gauge health coverage status as well as awareness and opinion of a state health insurance exchange.

Key findings included:

  • Nearly 1 in 10 (8%) New Yorkers ages 50 to 64 responding to this survey say they currently do not have any kind of health care coverage.  Additionally, over one in five (22%) indicate that during the past two years there was a time when they or their spouse or partner or dependent children did not have any health insurance coverage.
  • Over half (59%) indicate New York should develop and run its own health insurance exchange rather than allow an exchange to be developed and run by the federal government (25%).
  • New Yorkers ages 50 to 64 feel strongly about the Governor and legislature working to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality, affordable health care coverage – two-thirds strongly agree (67%) and another one in five somewhat (20%) agree. 
  • Over two-thirds (68%) indicate it should be a top or high priority for the State Senate to pass this bill if it returns to Albany this fall

This telephone survey was fielded September 21 - 24, 2011 by Woelfel Research, Inc. and 601 interviews were completed by a random sample of New York residents aged 50-64.  An annotated survey begins on page 4. For more information, please contact Jennifer Sauer at 202-434-6207.

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