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New Poll: Americans Are Focused On Health Care Affordability, Drug Costs, Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions In 2019

by AHIP

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 1, 2019 – Ahead of next week’s State of the Union address by President Trump, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), in conjunction with Morning Consult, released new polling data that reveals Americans’ health care priorities for 2019. The poll was conducted from January 16-18, 2019, among a representative national sample of 1,756 adults with health insurance (excluding adults covered by military or veteran benefits).

Key findings from the poll include:

  • Three in four Americans would prefer the government to focus on making health care more affordable. One in four would prefer the government to focus on getting more people covered.
  • A strong majority of Americans – 86 percent – said the rising costs of prescription drugs is important to them.
  • Three in four Americans think it is very important for health insurance providers to continue covering patients with pre-existing conditions at the same cost as others.
  • Two in three Americans support the existing health care system over a government-run health care system.
  • Nearly three-quarters of Americans – 72 percent – are satisfied with their current health care coverage.

The interviews for this poll were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults with health insurance based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of ±2 percent.

AHIP’s Take on the Findings

Americans want health care that works, and health insurance providers are committed to delivering for them,” said Matt Eyles, president and CEO of AHIP. “As President Trump prepares to address the nation on the state of our union, it is important to recognize the state of the American health care system and the substantial progress that has been made on health coverage and care. More than 90 percent of Americans are covered today.  Nearly 300 million Americans today have insurance that covers doctor visits and prescription drugs, and many preventive services – like screenings for cancer, cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes – are 100 percent covered by health insurance providers. And insurance providers unequivocally support protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

But we can – and we will – do more. Health insurance providers are promoting solutions for making coverage more affordable. We stand with consumers in the fight for lower drug prices. And we have come together with consumers, businesses, and other health insurance providers to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

A broken bone shouldn’t break the bank. We will continue to work with doctors, nurses, hospitals, and drug makers so that Americans get the best possible care at the lowest possible price. And we look forward to working with President Trump and Congressional leaders on initiatives to do just that. By working together, we can ensure that America’s health care system provides hardworking families with the peace of mind that comes with getting the care they need at a cost they can afford.

About AHIP

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national trade association representing the health insurance community. AHIP’s members provide health and supplemental benefits to millions of Americans through employer-provided coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. AHIP advocates for solutions that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation. Visit www.ahip.org for more information.