Your Source for Health Reform

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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Know Health Insurance Lingo

This September 2015 guide from Families USA  explains many of the health insurance terms that consumers need to understand when they are shopping for insurance.

Turning 65?

This September 2015 tip sheet from AgeOptions outlines the health care options for older adults once they become Medicare eligible.

Shop Smart for the Right Health Insurance Plan This Year

This September 2015 Consumer Reports blog entry describes best practices when shopping for health insurance. The post offers tips on comparing plans.

Estimating Your Doctor Bills

The National Health Council created a calculator that helps health care consumers predict their annual out of pocket expenses.

Now that You’re Covered

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative outlines tips for the newly insured so that they can get the most out of their health insurance plans. Community organizations and brokers can share with consumers who are new to health insurance coverage.

Take Advantage of Preventive Services

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative details the preventative services that all marketplace health insurance plans are required to offer. Community organizations and brokers can share with the newly insured.

Health Insurance Vocab

This July 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates defines important health insurance terms. Community organizations and brokers can share with the newly insured.

Different Tax Docs

State refor(u)m updated this chart in February 2015 to outline the new forms tax-filers must fill out because of the ACA. The chart identifies the purpose of the forms and who are required to complete them.

Appealing a Denied Insurance Claim

The Wall Street Journal explains how to file an appeal if an insurer refuses to pay for treatments or medication.

Understanding Different Types of Deductibles

The December 2014 blog entry from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms explains the difference between an embedded deductible and aggregate deductible. The terms apply to families purchasing health insurance.

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