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Nevadans worried about costs under Obamacare, poll shows

More than half of Nevadans believe Obamacare will increase their medical costs, according to a poll released Monday by the Retail Association of Nevada.

The poll of 500 likely voters conducted Sept. 27-29 found 58 percent of residents believe the law will increase their costs and 47 percent believe it will worsen access to health care. At the same time, 26 percent think it will lower their costs and 35 percent believe it will improve access to care. The rest are undecided.

The release of the poll comes as the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange opens for business Tuesday to allow uninsured residents to compare costs of various health care plans and choose one that meets their needs. The Affordable Care Act goes into effect Jan.1. About 21 percent of Nevadans have no insurance, the third highest rate in the nation.

The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Retail Association conducts polls twice a year on topics of interest to Nevadans. Other results of the latest poll, including citizen opinions on potential tax increases, will be released later this week.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com, or 775-687-3901.

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