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Although 39 percent of U.S. consumers say they are “somewhat knowledgeable” about the Affordable Care Act, 90 percent don’t know the launch date of the new health insurance exchanges—a core tenet of the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a fine, according to a survey released this week by InsuranceQuotes.com.

A major component of the ACA, the exchanges, which allow individuals to compare and buy health insurance policies, will be available for online and telephone enrollments beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

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