MyHealthTeams Survey Finds That State Lines Do Not Impact Where Americans with Pre-Existing Chronic Conditions Seek ObamaCare Information

More than 60% of Americans with a Chronic Health Condition Do Not Think ObamaCare Will Impact the Cost or Amount of Their Insurance Coverage or Costs

 

San Francisco, CA – October 17, 2013 – MyHealthTeams, the San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities, today announced results of a new survey of more than 500 people living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition.  The survey results revealed that more than 60% of those living with a chronic health condition do not think the implementation of health exchanges will impact their insurance coverage or costs.

Regardless of state lines, participants with chronic conditions identified the same top three sources which they would turn to for more information regarding the health exchange: Google Search, ObamaCare Navigators, and disease-specific social networks.

One-third of respondents are unsure of how the Affordable Care Act will impact the treatment they receive for their condition. That said, those from Red States are more likely to turn to Google Search for answers to their health exchange questions, while those from blue states are more likely to turn to ObamaCare Navigators. No matter the state (red or blue), 25% of respondents feel they can turn to chronic condition peer social networks such as MyMSTeam (for those living with MS), MyAutismTeam (for parents of individuals with autism) or MyBCTeam (for women facing breast cancer) for answers from those who share their condition. Many also answered they would turn to their HR departments for more information.  And while peer social networks for chronic conditions were popular, noticeably under represented from the places people would turn for more information about ObamaCare were Facebook and Twitter.

 

Where Blue States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):

  • 39% ObamaCare Navigators
  • 36% Google Search
  • 24% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
  • 1% Facebook or Twitter

 

Where Red States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):

  • 43% Google Search
  • 26% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
  • 26% ObamaCare Navigators
  • 4% Facebook or Twitter

 

“When you have a chronic condition or disease, it doesn’t matter if you’re from a red state or blue state,” says Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams.  “You want to talk with other people in the same situation as you, and learn what is working best for them.  People are turning to these communities for more objective, de-politicized advice on how to navigate ObamaCare.”

 About the Survey

MyHealthTeams conducted this online member survey of its three social networks for chronic condition communities (MyMSTeam, MyBCTeam, MyAutismTeam) from October 2 – October 7, 2013, with more than 500 individuals living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition participating in the survey.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams is a San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities. We believe that when you or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease, it should be easy to connect with people just like you, who can share their experiences, and help you discover the best people around for help. MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has nearly 50,000 parents of individuals with autism. In September 2012, the company launched MyBCTeam for women facing breast cancer, which has more than 5,000 women on the site. The latest site created by MyHealthTeams is MyMSTeam, designed for those living with multiple sclerosis, which has 8,000 members. To learn more about the full MyHealthTeams network, visit MyHealthTeams.com.

MyMSTeam and MSWorld Announce Alliance

Collaboration Extends Further Support to Multiple Sclerosis Community

San Francisco, CA; September 10, 2013MyMSTeam, the social network for those living with multiple sclerosis, announced today that it has formed an alliance with MSWorld, a leading multiple sclerosis support organization and community. Together, the organizations will continue their pledge to empower people living with multiple sclerosis.

“We are proud to align with MSWorld, an organization that has pioneered the way for those living with MS to find resources and vital information,” said Mary Ray, co-founder of MyMSTeam. “MSWorld shares our passion for bringing together the best MS resources and contributing collectively to the greater MS community. MS is a chronic condition that is filled with more questions then answers. Our complementary services work together to bridge that information gap and provide the MS community the support they need from those who ‘get it’.”

MyMSTeam is the fastest growing social network for those living with MS with more than 6,000 users since it launched in April 2013. At MyMSTeam, people can search and connect with others who are living with MS and have faced the same personal experiences, challenges, treatment options, are the same age and even in the same city. The community is designed so that those living with MS can build real connections and share perspectives and information with others who truly understand the day-to-day challenges of living with MS.

“Ending the isolation that people experience when diagnosed with MS has always been our mission at MSWorld,” says Kathleen Wilson, Founding President. “When we launched our site in 1996, we learned the power of peer support and today we are striving to meet the same needs, worldwide in a socially responsible and current way. Offering live chat, message boards and extensive resources, we continue to implement technology that fosters connections and greater access to information and services. Our alliance with MyMSTeam supports our continued mission of serving those living with MS and brings greater benefits to a community in need.”

 

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About MyMSTeam

MyMSTeam is a social network for those living with Multiple Sclerosis in the United States.  On MyMSTeam is it easy to find and connect with others just like you, share tips and support, ask and answer questions, and find first-hand referrals of great providers and MS specialists.  MyMSTeam was founded in April 2013. The site is the third health social network created by MyHealthTeams, a San Francisco-based company.   MyHealthTeams makes it easy for people to build an online support network by connecting with one other and discovering the best providers around them.  MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has over 47,000 registered parents of kids with autism from across the country. To learn more, visit www.MyHealthTeams.com.

 

About MSWorld

We are here to provide support and educational information to people living with multiple sclerosis worldwide. MSWorld offers chat rooms, message boards, a Resource Center, Conference Center, and Creative Center to showcase world news about MS treatments etc. and creative expression from the many talented artists among our members.  Additionally we offer social networking connections on Facebook and Twitter. Our CafePress store located on the right side of our website helps to support MSWorld while you shop. We welcome your contributions and most importantly, appreciate you becoming part of a community that share your day-to-day challenges of living with MS.  All volunteers who manage the MSWorld website have been diagnosed with MS or care for someone who has. We understand what it means to live with this disease and we are here to support each other in any way that we can.

MSWorld is very unique because it has been a Patients Helping Patients organization from the beginning, in 1996.  We are committed to helping people out of isolation and into a place off current and accurate information.  We believe that knowledge is power and peer support is invaluable.  MSWorld is the largest patient run online support site worldwide, with a membership of 90,000, growing on average at a rate of 1,500 new registrations each month.

We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment by maintaining a G-rated site and offering the latest information and referrals for you. We hope you enjoy being a part of this vital community. For more information, visit www.msworld.org.