Last week, Penn State Extension opened a new Health Insurance Literacy website loaded to help farmers and small businesses understand new programs and initiatives established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as Medicaid Expansion and health insurance marketplace.
The website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace. That's the list of health insurance options offered by insurance companies, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a unique opportunity for previously uninsured consumers, small businesses and others to shop for health insurance and compare plans at one location. The open enrollment period began on October 1 and closes March 31, 2014. Unless changed by Congress and/or the President, the coverage program begins as early as January 1, 2014.
The Penn State Extension Health Insurance Literacy website provides extensive resources that are just a keystroke or phone call away for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy, according to consumer-issues specialist Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "We have consolidated many of the key reliable resources for consumers in a no-frills format," she adds, noting that most of the references are from the federal government and nonprofit agencies.
The information is designed to provide unbiased information. "This website was created to shorten the search time for information and to help consumers find resources they may need to make informed decisions," says Bowen.
Click here to go to the site.