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Topic: Consumer Info



All informational resources are not alike. Some analyze the effects of reform on the nation or the economy, or give detailed guidance to lawyers, brokers and navigators on the fine points of the law and the regulations surrounding it. But there are many valuable resources like charts and fact sheets that explain in simple language what you need to know to make the best decisions for yourself, your family, or your small business.


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Prescription Assistance Programs

Prescription assistance programs help consumers reduce drug prices or find the best price for medications. This is a list of programs available to consumers. None of these programs are endorsed by Illinois Health Matters or Health & Disability Advocates. (more…)

New Observation Status Rules

Starting August 2016, hospitals are required to let people know if they are an outpatient on observation status. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates prepares patients for the changes.

My Health, My Voice

This November 2015 guide from Raising Women’s Voices is for newly insured women who have questions about how to use their health coverage.

5 Pointers for Marketplace Shoppers

This October 2015 explainer from the Commonwealth Fund shares tips for consumers to consider when exploring their health coverage options during Open Enrollment number three.

Choosing the Right Level of Coverage

This October 2015 fact sheet from Consumer’s Union explains what the Marketplace’s metal levels mean and how consumers can use the information to compare plans.

Check this List Twice

HealthCare.gov identifies what information Marketplace shoppers will need to have on hand when enrolling in a health insurance plan. This checklist has been updated for the 2016 enrollment period.

Stop, Shop, Enroll!

This October 2015 infographic from Families USA tells consumers the steps to find the best health insurance plan during Open Enrollment number three.

Bronze, Silver or Gold?

This fact sheet from Families USA, updated for the 2015-2016 period, explains the metal levels that are used to organize Marketplace health insurance plans.

What You Need to Get Covered

This fact sheet from BeCovered, identifies what documentation and information people will need when signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace. The fact sheet is updated for the 2015-2016 enrollment cycle. The information is in English and Spanish.

Get Help Getting Health Insurance

This September 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates describes the trained professionals that consumers can use to connect with coverage.

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