>>e-Update 10-0712

e-Update 10-0712

Senior Caucus Update:  Health Care information you can use.

Health care coverage that sounds straightforward when you get it can quickly become complex and confusing when you get sick.  An article in the New York Times Patient Money section discusses co-pay and co-insurance and what the differences may mean to your pocketbook.  Click on the following link to read the article “When Choosing Health Care, Know What You’ll Owe”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/health/10patient.html?_r=1&ref=patient_money

Another article, “Avoiding Surprise Bills With Homework and Negotiation” discusses “balance billing” and other charges that might come as a surprise – and what you can do when they show up.  Click on the following link to read this article:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C03EED8133CF932A35756C0A9669D8B63&ref=patient_money

On June 1, Health and Human Services (HHS) started a new website that keep Americans knowledgeable and up to date on the intricacies of health care in the United States after the recent historic legislation, and to do this in language that main street and country roads Americans can understand. The home page is:

http://www.healthcare.gov/

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer for HHS, and why this website is being developed.  Todd Park is considered the “best internet explainer” in America of this complex subject.  He joined HHS in the late summer of 2009 to make this information easily accessible and understandable as promised by the President.  Remember, this is not a finished product, probably never will be.  As Todd says, “This is your site, not ours. With your help, we’ll make HealthCare.gov even better.”

Some pages on the site that are devoted to senior issues and problems.

The Seniors’ page at
http://www.healthcare.gov/foryou/seniors/index.html

How the Affordable Care Act will make Medicare stronger in the future at

http://www.healthcare.gov/law/about/provisions/rebate/index.html

All of this information can be found for later reference in postings on the Senior Caucus website, https://dflseniors.wordpress.com

If you have any questions or problems getting this information send an email to dflseniors@gmail.com.

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