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Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 30th, 2015

[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]

Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “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.

Highlights:

  • Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
  • Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
  • Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
  • The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

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
  • Contact information for leading experts on the issue

Contact: Marilyn Serafini mserafini@allhealth.org 202/789-2300

Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Webinar

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you missed the CMS webinar, we invite you to view the recording:

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period / October 2014 (Recording | Presentation (PDF))

Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office
Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions. 

Got Coverage? Need Coverage?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Please join us for an Affordable Care Act webinar hosted by the New England and Middle Atlantic Regions.

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period

Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.

Lunch with the RML

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014  Noon – 1 pm 

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

  •  1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit
  • Details will be provided at the end of the session

Health Happens in Libraries

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment

Public libraries played an active role in the initial enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace that led to over eight million people receiving health care coverage. With the next open enrollment period coming up (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), there are more opportunities for libraries to collaborate with local partners to provide health information outreach and education in their communities.

In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of objectives and resources for the 2015 open enrollment period from representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You’ll learn about the Coverage to Care initiative, which supports individuals in learning how to utilize health coverage, and review opportunities to connect community members to marketplace information through library service priorities and partnerships.

Moderated by: WebJunction

Presented by:
•Lynne G. Johnson, Deputy Group Director, Partner Relations Group, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
•Cara V. James, PhD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
•Julie Kuchta, Consumer Health Coordinator, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Date: September 24, 2014
Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

Tweet: #wjwebinar and #libs4health

Registration Information

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