The “young invincibles” the Affordable Care Act relies on to offset the cost of insuring older Americans are less familiar with the law than their elders.
According to a Gallup poll released Monday, young Americans aged 18-29 are the group least familiar with the health care law. While 63 percent of respondents in that age group said they were familiar with the law, 37 percent said they were not familiar.
Those aged 50-64 are the group most familiar with the law, with 77 percent of respondents saying they are familiar with the law and 22 percent responding they were unfamiliar.
The poll found that overall familiarity with the Affordable Care Act is up only slightly from late summer and October. While a majority of uninsured young Americans believe it’s important to have health coverage, a report released in August found only one in four young Americans were aware of the health insurance exchanges.
The Department of Health and Human Services was touting the affordability of insurance for those younger customers, nearly half of whom the department said could secure coverage for $50 or less a month, in a push to enroll 2.7 million people aged 18-34 by 2014.
Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that the age group least familiar with the law are 18-29 year olds.