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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How To Pay for Insurance on the Marketplace

This guide compares the various payment methods available to consumers, with helpful hints for each. Because your health insurance could be suspended if payments aren’t made, it is important you choose a payment option that will make it as easy as possible for you to pay on time. The document was created by the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, in collaboration with several partners.

A Whole New Way to Get Health Insurance

This 2013 brochure from Get Covered America brings together the highlights of the organization’s materials to help consumers understand what the new law will mean to them. It provides simple answers to such questions as “what will the Health Insurance Marketplace offer me?” and “how affordable is this new insurance?”

What Your Family Needs to Know About the ACA

Since it took effect in 2010, the ACA has made important changes to the way health care coverage works for children and families. The American Academy of Pediatrics created this guide in 2013 to explain some key things that families should know – including how to make sure your current pediatrician is included in the plan you choose.

The Simple Dollar’s Guide to Health Insurance

As an informed consumer, understanding the building blocks of health insurance can end up saving you money. This guide will take you through the health insurance essentials, teaching you how to go about making the stressful financial and medical decisions without compromising your coverage.

How the Affordable Care Act Makes Health Coverage More Affordable

This May 2013 fact sheet from Families USA summarizes the consumer protections and financial assistance to help people purchase coverage. (more…)

Cut the Cost of Health Insurance – Tax Credit Brochure

This 2013 brochure from Consumers Union provides simple examples that help you see if you qualify for the new tax credit and how to decide whether you want to take the credit in advance, or take it later and lower the amount you pay at tax time.

Land of Lincoln – Illinois’ “CO-OP”

Slides from a presentation held in April 2013 on the new Land of Lincoln insurer, Illniois’ first and only Consumer Operated & Oriented Plan, or CO-OP. (more…)

Health Reform: 7 Things You Need to Know

Health reform will affect every American because the new health law establishes new consumer protections and responsibilities. This brief guide was developed by Consumer Reports in 2012 to help readers understand what the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act mean for you and your family.

AARP’s Health Law Answers

This interactive guide will help you learn how the health care law works for you and your family, wherever you live. Information provided is specific to your state, gender, age, household size, and income.

The ACA on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

After it was upheld by the Supreme Court, many Americans were scrambling to remember — or learn for the first time – what’s in the law and how it works. NPR’s “All Things Considered” asked for questions from audiences online and on air, and presented some answers, edited for clarity and length. See the transcript, or listen to the segment, which aired in July 2012.

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