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Where to learn more about health-care reform Posted: September 1st, 2013

By Beth Orenstein

Beth Orenstein is a freelance writer from Northampton, Pa. A graduate of Tufts University, she covers health topics.

Confused by health-care reform?

Two new resources are available online to answer your questions.

AARP has launched Health Law Answers and Aflac of Columbus, Ga., has enhanced its health-care reform website with materials that explain the law in clear language.

Available in Spanish and English, the AARP tool lets you get customized information based on where you live, your gender, your family size, your income and whether you have insurance.

The tool asks you seven questions and then generates a report about the benefits that may be available to you and your family and where to find them.

You can download the report and email it to caregivers or save it to a file.

Information for different scenarios

Information is included for people who are currently insured, for those without health insurance coverage or who fear losing it and people with Medicare.

"We know there is a lot of information out there about the health care law and AARP is here to help people cut through the clutter," said Nicole Duritz, AARP vice president for health education and outreach, in a press release.

In addition to HealthLawAnswers.org, AARP created HealthLawFacts.org for consumers to find more resources and more details on specific aspects of the law.

Aflac website for employers

Aflac's health-care reform website is designed to help employers stay up-to-date and understand key points of the new law, more parts of which take effect Jan. 1.

The Aflac website has a toolkit that includes:

  • A PowerPoint overview of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Two sets of emails and letter templates. One is for employers who will offer health insurance and one is for employers who won't.
  • A frequently asked questions section that addresses changes to employee benefits plans.
  • A video highlighting the basics of health insurance exchanges and levels of coverage.
  • And tips for helping employees understand health-care reform.

Michael Zuna, Aflac executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a press release that the toolkit is designed to help employers understand how the health-care reform law affects both businesses and workers.

"By using the tools on our site and speaking to your nationwide network of agents," he said, "employers can not only stay up-to-date and understand key decision points, but also obtain information that will help them make the best benefits decisions for their organizations and employees."

Website spurred by report

Aflac decided to develop more materials about health-care reform after its WorkForces Report revealed that employers and workers are having trouble understanding the law.

Fifty-five percent of employees said they'd done nothing to prepare for reform-driven changes to their health insurance and benefits plans. And just 27 percent of employers said they understand the law very well or extremely well.