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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Health Reform Implementation Glossary

This glossary of more than 200 key reform terms is provided by HealthReformGPS, a project of the George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project is aimed at making health reform implementation easier to understand.

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare

This delightful animated video from Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates how health insurance coverage will work under health reform. Subtitled “Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act,” it explains a complex law in a clever an engaging way.

Understanding Health Reform – A Community Guide for African Americans

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation produced this guide to help everyday people better understand the new law – the benefits available to them and its potential for strengthening our nation’s health and healthcare system. (more…)

Young Person’s Guide to Health Insurance

This brochure, designed for graduating seniors by Families USA and the Illinois PIRG, explains the benefits of health insurance for young adults and provides information on having coverage through ones parents’ plan until age 26, using healthcare.gov, and the new rights and consumer protections young people have under the Affordable Care Act.

A Flowchart of How to Get Health Coverage

From “Start here – Is employer coverage available?” this one-page, printable flowchart from the Kaiser Family Foundation takes you through a series of yes/no questions to show how coverage determinations are made and what coverage options are available in different circumstances.

The Requirement to Buy Coverage

Along with changes to the health insurance system that guarantee access to coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing health conditions, the Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that many people be insured or pay a penalty. This simple flowchart by the Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates how that requirement (sometimes known as an “individual mandate”) works.

Off-Marketplace Insurance Plan Finder

This interactive tool at healthcare.gov helps you find and compare private health plans that are available outside the Marketplace. Note that this tool only identifies plans based on basic information you provide. It doesn’t let you buy. If you find a plan that meets your needs, you can buy it directly from the insurance company.

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