"Hygeia" memorial detail
Detail of Guisseppe Morettis bronze "Hygeia" memorial to WWII personnel, Pittsburgh, Pa.

New survey information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been released by researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. The survey shows an increasing number of Hispanics, who now have health care insurance due to ACA.

“In the survey, we find that at the time of the survey, only eight percent of Hispanics indicated that they don’t have health insurance,” said Gabe Sanchez, executive director of the center, associate professor of Political Science and research lead for the project. “That’s the good news. But if you ask the follow up question, did you go without health insurance for at least one month during the last year, 19 percent of Hispanics indicated they were only partially insured.”

The survey showed about 16 percent of the respondents utilized the Be Well New Mexico website or telephone number to get more information about their available options. However, about a third of those who attempted to use the website were not able to enroll. Sanchez says 60 percent of the survey respondents who attempted to enroll cited cost as the biggest factor in choosing a plan, and the most commonly cited reason for not enrolling was it's “too expensive.”

The survey also looked for information about how Hispanics want to receive information about the ACA. Sixty-six percent of the survey respondents wanted it in English, while 19 percent wanted information in Spanish.

When asked how they wanted to receive ACA information, survey respondents wanted it available on the internet, sent to their homes in pamphlets and mailers, and on television, in that order.

Terminology is important and the survey found the most common term for the ACA in Spanish is Obamacare, which was also the second most common term in English.

The margin of error for the survey is four percent. Sanchez says cost was such an important concern for most survey respondents that the research group will look at the question of cost much more closely in future research.