New Health Law Guide provides personalized report

President Barrack Obama supports AARP’s new health initiatives. (Photo courtesy of wsj.com )

Today AARP launched a personalized online tool, the Health L aw Guide, to help people of all ages understand benefits available currently and in the future under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through a brief se­ries of questions, AARP’s unique web-based tool provides an indi­vidually tailored report outlining coverage details based on an indi­vidual’s existing health care coverage or what other health cov­erage the individual may be eli­gible to get.

“AARP’s online Health Law Guide is a fast and simple tool where, in less than five minutes, an individual can quickly assess benefits available today. Also, through an interactive timeline they can learn about the impact the law will have on them and their families when it fully goes into effect in 2014,” AARP North Dakota State Director Ja­nis Cheney said.

Users are asked to answer six basic questions about themselves and their family. Based on these responses, the tool provides users with a personalized report. Users can choose to be updated by email with news about the ACA, in­cluding when new provisions personally impacting them go into effect. The tool is free to the public, and is the first tool of its kind in both English and Spanish. As the health law becomes fully imple­mented, additional information will be­come available.

“Many benefits are currently avail­able that individuals don’t know about.

“We want to and need to change that,” Cheney said. “By s pending just five minutes, anyone can locate per­sonalized information about what is currently available now, helping them make more informed health decisions for themselves and their families.”

The AARP Health Law Guide is available at www.aarp.org/healthlaw­guide.

(With more than 83,000 members in North Dakota, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have indepen­dence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public of­fice or make contributions to either po­litical campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and em­powerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volun­teers, donors, and sponsors. They have staffed offices in all 50 states, the Dis­trict of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)

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