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Students Survey Peers on Affordable Care Act

Dec. 10, 2013

Two business graduate students — Norberto Namkoong and Catalina Botero Soto — have surveyed 510 of their CSUF peers to find out what they know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among their findings: the majority of students surveyed didn’t know about the ACA’s tax credits, exchanges and penalties; and most uninsured students reported to have plans to seek health coverage in 2014. However, “students, in general, are not well informed about the implications of the ACA,” the survey concludes. “We believe that the government should take a more active role in informing students and marketing the exchanges.”

Namkoong and Soto conducted the survey under the advisement of Weili Lu, professor of finance and director of Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Insurance Studies. The center sponsored their study as they are members of its applied research group, and “we want to encourage more students to join us in conducting more research,” Lu said.

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