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Study shows women are confused about upcoming healthcare changes

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All Americans must have coverage for themselves and their families or instead pay a fine beginning January 1, 2014. All Americans must have coverage for themselves and their families or instead pay a fine beginning January 1, 2014.
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A new poll shows not only do most Americans think the upcoming Affordable Care Act is confusing, but many women just do not understand how it will impact their families.

It’s something even the President will admit.

“There's been a lot of things said, a lot of misinformation, a lot of confusion,” President Obama said in a Thursday event.

A Lippe Taylor/SheSpeaks study now out shows half of women think the law is confusing, with only 22% believing it will help their families.

“I think that's it’s confusing for everybody, men and women,” said Tyler insurance agent Kimberly Braly. “This is the bill that they said lets pass it and decide what's in it, we're still trying to decide what's in it.

One point of confusion is when the new law starts. Enrollment in the new federal healthcare exchanges begins on October 1st. All Americans must have coverage for themselves and their families or instead pay a fine beginning January 1, 2014.

“We’ve been hearing about this since 2010 or even before that,” Braly said. “I think people have kind of turned a deaf ear to part of it. People have been saying 'I’ll worry about that later,' and now it’s here and people maybe aren't realizing it.”

58% of women believe their health insurance costs will rise, and another 47% believe it will cause their taxes to go up. 31% are also concerned they may not be able to see their current doctor.

“Estimates from carriers based on January 1, 2014 are all over the map,” Braly said. “Sometimes it’s 40-50% higher than what people are paying now, and some a little cheaper.”

But a majority of uninsured women—59%--said they have no plans to purchase insurance through the new program.

“Some people don't want to pay anything for insurance, and it does come at a cost,” Braly said. “You either have that in a premium or you have it when you go to the doctor and you're going to pay full price. Healthcare is not free.”

Plans and rates will be available beginning October 1st. You can find more information on options under the Affordable Care Act here.

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