On December 12, 2017, the Commonwealth Fund released its issue brief, Is the Affordable Care Act Helping Consumers Get Health Care? The brief provides the findings from the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey from March 2017 to June 2017. This survey is the fifth in a series to track the implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

With ACA open enrollment in progress, the Commonwealth Fund’s latest ACA Tracking Survey focuses on: 1) enrollees’ ability to access care; 2) satisfaction with provider networks; 3) ease of finding a new physician; and 4) attaining appointments with physicians and specialists.

The key findings include:

  • 65% of individuals who used their ACA plan to acquire health care reported that they would not have been able to access or afford this care prior to enrolling;
  • 87% of those with coverage through the ACA marketplaces or Medicaid are satisfied with their choice of doctors;
  • 64% of those who tried to find a new primary care doctor found that it was relatively easy to do; and
  • 74% of those who tried to make a primary care doctor appointment and 59% who tried to make a specialist appointment were able to do so within two weeks.

Between March 2017 and June 2017, a survey research firm (SSRS) contacted a random, nationally representative sample of over 4,800 U.S. adults ages 19 to 64, including about 1,200 adults ages 19 to 64 who had either marketplace or Medicaid coverage.

The brief is available here.