Health Reform & You: Resources to Navigate the ChangesDo you know what health reform really means to you and your family? Have you even been able to keep up with the on-again off-again debate and continued rhetoric (from both sides of the aisle) without getting more confused than ever?
You’re not alone.
Take, for example, this recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey which found that one in five people think the health reform legislation was repealed (it wasn’t) and that it is no longer law (it is). Another 26% of people either didn’t know or didn’t care about the status of the law.
Unfortunately, whether you understand the law or not – or even know it’s still on the books – health reform is going to affect you, how you access care when you need it and how you pay for it. So we wanted to give you a few of our favorite resources to help you figure out everything you need to know:
Take the Kaiser Family Foundation, as I mentioned above, for example – they offer a wealth of information about the law, including all of the provisions and when they take effect. They also regularly poll and survey Americans in order to gauge public opinion and knowledge of health reform.
Another option is a new web site, HealthCareandYou.org – which just went live this week. The site was created by a coalition of industry organizations, including AARP, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and the Catholic Health Association to, “provide the public with easy-to-understand information about the health care law.” You can easily navigate this site, choosing your name and age – and even if you’re a small business owner – to see how the law will affect you.
Finally, we’re also partial to HealthCare.gov. Yes, it’s a government website, but unlike other government-run health information sites you may be familiar with, this one is actually pretty user-friendly. Our favorite part of this site is the timeline. You can log on and click anywhere from 2010 to 2015 to see when certain provisions take effect. For example, did you know that as of October 1, states are allowed to offer home and community-based services to disabled residents through Medicaid, rather than institutional care in nursing homes? Well, you do now!
Finally, if you need to find a doctor to see in the area when all of these reforms take effect, then CHIHealth.com is second to none!