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Alliance for Health Reform

"Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What They Are Buying?" addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance. The toolkit includes an overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact; links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue; and contact information for leading experts on the issue.

CMS.gov

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched "From Coverage to Care," an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services. This initiative includes written resources, images, videos, and various ways to connect with CMS.

Community Catalyst

The first priority of Community Catalyst is quality health care for all, and the site provides information on programs that state and local organizations, policymakers, and foundations working to change the health care system so that it serves everyone. The "Initiatives & Issues" section of the site includes a wide range of topics from Affordable Care Act implementation to prescription reform.

Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers

Families USA is working hard to ensure that all Americans enroll to receive high-quality health coverage. Working at the national, state, and community levels, Families USA publishes policy reports, fact sheets, issue briefs, and other informative resources.

HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov provides information on obtaining health coverage and changing or updating a plan. There are sections for individuals and families as well as employers and employees in small businesses.

HealthLawHelper

For those who need health insurance answers, HealthLawHelper is the place to have questions answered and receive free, personalized advice from Consumer Reports. This site gives consumers accurate and unbiased information about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects them.

HealthReformGPS

Designed to help consumers understand the Affordable Care Act and its implementation, Health Reform GPS will be particularly useful to federal and state legislative and public agency staff, private organizations involved in implementation, health policy researchers, and the press.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

The primary mission of HRSA (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is to improve access to health care. The site includes information on outreach and enrollment assistance to help the uninsured gain affordable health insurance coverage. It includes specific information on funds awarded to health centers in Louisiana to support their work to enroll Louisianians in new health insurance coverage options provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform

This site offers the latest information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It highlights employers' responsibilities under the ACA, outlines premium changes in ACA marketplaces, and provides information to consumers on understanding health insurance.

Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana founded and administers the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) to help Louisianians better understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University

The MCH Library at Georgetown University has released a knowledge path, "Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents." The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about the topic, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve health coverage and access to care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

MedlinePlus: Health Insurance

MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends, includes a topic review on "Health Insurance," providing information on health insurance coverage and related issues from a variety of authoritative sources.

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has been created to provide cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists, ensuring that people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.

Office of Minority Health Resource Center

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center focuses on educating minority populations on how to find healthcare coverage, including information on the Affordable Care Act.

Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center provides health and human services information for rural America. The Center has created a "Rural Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment" topic guide tailored to rural communities.

Tax Information on the Affordable Care Act

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides a guide on the Affordable Care Act entitled, "Health Care Law: What's New for Individuals and Families." The purpose of the guide is to provide the forms and publications used to prepare a tax return as well as information on how to qualify for a tax exemption and the premium tax credit.

Trust for America's Health (TFAH)

TFAH focuses on what the health reform law means in terms of sparing Americans from preventable diseases – like heart disease and diabetes. The site includes news on the latest developments in health care reform.

The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center

This organization analyzes trends and underlying causes of changes in health insurance coverage, access to care, and use of health care services by the entire U.S. population. Researchers address issues that arise from the trade-offs among health care costs, access, and quality..

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