Institute of Medicine: Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014

This discussion paper from members of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy describes some of the important concepts that health care consumers will need to understand about changes and options in health insurance being implemented beginning in January 2014 through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The discussion provides definitions of  common health care insurance terminology, explains the individual mandate to purchase health care insurance, and describes both public insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the new health insurance marketplaces.  The paper highlights the four questions that health care consumers should be asking about their health insurance:

  • What are my choices for health insurance?
  • How do I get it?
  • How do I use it?
  • How much will it cost me?
This entry was posted in Health Care Reform, Health Care Reform: General Analysis. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s