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By Kathryn Mayer

Time left to enroll in health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is ticking away, but the motivation to do so doesn’t appear to be growing.

That’s the finding of a new survey, which overall discovered — yet again — that most Americans are still confused or apathetic about PPACA, and most of those who need coverage haven’t signed up yet.

Beyond.com surveyed 4,067 jobseekers and found that, despite the looming PPACA deadline, more than half (52 percent) reamined confused about PPACA, and in some cases didn’t even know what it was.

Just how bad are things? More than 23 percent of those surveyed still believed the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare were different things.

Confusion was especially rampant for millennials. More than half of those aged 18-31 in need of health coverage said that they were unaware of the March 31 deadline.

The number of those enrolling in coverage wasn’t encouraging, either.

The survey found that 61 percent of unemployed job seekers haven’t yet signed up for health insurance coverage, and furthermore, they don’t plan to. While some reported that they receive insurance benefits from a family member, the majority of those who don’t plan to sign up (56 percent) cited that they did not feel PPACA is necessary.

Only 13 percent of unemployed job seekers surveyed reported that they have already signed up for health care coverage through the law, although 26 percent said that they plan to.

Of those who plan to sign up for coverage under PPACA, 44 percent were unaware of the March 31 deadline.

Earlier this week, consulting firm Avalere Health suggested that PPACA won’t hit its enrollment targets. Avalere said that exchange enrollment is on track to reach 5.4 million by the end of March, short of Congressional Budget Office estimates that 6 million people will enroll in exchanges in 2014.

The administration just announced that 4.2 million people have so far enrolled in coverageA.

The Beyond.com survey also found that among those who signed up for coverage, 15 percent said they spent more than 10 hours signing up for coverage on HealthCare.gov.

“We’ve heard back from job seekers and their diagnosis on the Affordable Care Act is that they are more focused on finding a paycheck than spending time signing up,” said Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing for Beyond.com. “There is a burgeoning confidence among job seekers, and some may feel their health care concerns will be taken care of if they can land a job. While there are certainly people signing up for coverage, many seem to be waiting until the last minute and some are oblivious of the approaching deadline.”

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