The first poll released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its effects of Obamacare’s individual mandate shows that the law is having an impact on health care prices.
Obamacare mandates that people obtain health insurance to be eligible for subsidies to purchase insurance.
The law does not mandate that insurers charge people for coverage, nor does it prohibit them from charging people more if they choose to buy insurance.
However, people who are already insured have to pay for insurance in some way and often have to go without it.
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s poll, which was conducted between January and March, found that premiums in states that implemented the mandate increased more than those that did not.
In states that were not enforcing the mandate, premiums increased 6.9% and 3.3%, respectively.
But premiums in the states that did enforce the mandate rose 2.4% and 4.6%, respectively, which is much lower than the 4.9 percentage points that the poll found for states that didn’t enforce the law.
The poll found that the increase in premiums was greatest in states where the uninsured rate increased from 12.7% to 13.7%, and lowest in states with the lowest uninsured rate.
In all of those states, the average premium for a family of four was up 9.6%.
The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews conducted between December 7 and January 4.
The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.9%, 19 times out of 20.
The margin of sampling error was 7.3 percentage points in states without an individual mandate and 4 percentage points for states with one.
The results are based on telephone interviews with 1,012 adults in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who were aged 18 or older and had not moved from an existing health plan since they became uninsured.
The poll found similar trends in health care premiums across all age groups.
While premiums in all age brackets rose, premiums for people with incomes below 400% of the poverty line rose the most, by 6.1%.
The most expensive state was California, with a premium increase of 18.2%.
The least expensive state, Florida, saw an increase of just 3.2%, while the least expensive of all, Tennessee, saw a drop of 6.4%.
The poll also found that people in the least-expensive state were most likely to remain uninsured, with 71.3% of people aged 18 to 34 and 64.5% of those aged 35 to 44 saying they would continue to be uninsured.
The lowest proportion of people who would keep their coverage was in New Hampshire, where just 14.6% said they would stay uninsured.
On the other hand, those in the most expensive states were most concerned about the cost of their health care, with 91.7 percent saying that premiums were the top reason for their concerns.
The second-most important reason was that they thought they were losing coverage because they were too sick to work, followed by their inability to pay medical bills, according to the poll.
The survey found that there were also substantial differences in health insurance coverage across the states.
The states with no individual mandate had higher rates of health insurance insurance coverage than those with one, but that was not because there was a higher proportion of those with coverage.
The Kaiser Family Foundations poll found, instead, that the most cost-efficient states for individual health insurance plans were the states with an individual tax credit, while those with no tax credit had higher costs than those without tax credits.
Overall, premiums rose in all 50 states, while increases were less pronounced in some of the states where they were higher.
The highest increases occurred in Texas, where premiums increased 18.4%, while premiums for those in Kansas increased 6%.
The Kaiser survey was done after a national poll released in December by the nonprofit health insurer WellPoint found that nearly half of Americans are now covered by private health insurance.
While well over half of those surveyed said they had purchased insurance through a company-run marketplace, the Kaiser poll also indicated that the majority of people were still not insured by their own employer.
WellPoint CEO Doug Creutz said that the Kaiser survey is an important reminder of just how large the individual market is in many states.
“I think it’s important for people to understand that people don’t have to buy their own coverage or pay for it,” Creutz told reporters.
“They can be in their own marketplaces, they can get coverage for themselves.
And they have choices.”