For guidance on selecting the best health insurance plan for yourself, your rights under the federal laws governing health plans and medical providers, and ways you can save money on health care expenses, look to the information provided in these websites.
This official federal government website contains extensive information on a variety of health conditions and safety related issues. It is a great place to start if you are a traveler and have questions about the health situation in your destination and vaccination requirements. In addition, you can find information about emergency preparedness and current domestic outbreaks.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services administers the Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs. Its website contains voluminous information and resources on these programs, as well as how the government is implementing the Affordable Care Act. You may also access a variety of publications and a glossary of medical acronyms.
This federal agency's website has information on a wide range of subjects including the safety of medical devices, tobacco, food, vaccines, animal products and cosmetics, to name a few. If you click on the “Drugs” tab, you can get information on specific drugs and side effects as well as how to take and store drugs safely.
Find available health insurance options quickly and easily on this federal government website. Learn how to enroll, change or update your plan, and get answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act. Go to healthfinder.gov to receive health advice tailored for you.
This site offers consumer information on medical coverage, insurance risk pools, and health reform legislation. You can get quotes on health insurance, look up the definition of health insurance industry terms in a glossary, and review state-specific guides on health coverage.
Is a health savings account (HSA) a good choice for you? What is an HSA? How does it work? Questions to these and other questions can be found at this website. Calculators allow you to compare the cost of your current plan and an HSA plan, and estimate your potential tax savings with an HSA.
This consumer-friendly website contains articles covering a wide range of health insurance topics, from picking a health insurance plan and cutting your health care costs, to federal and state laws affecting your medical coverage.
The mission of the Insurance Information Institute is to improve the public's understanding of insurance. Their website provides basic information on what health insurance does and how it works. The site offers guidance on buying health care insurance and also includes handy definitions to common health insurance terminology.
Visit this website to find comprehensive and up-to-date information on health care policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels, as well as the delivery of health care in the marketplace. This news site does a good job of explaining what the passing of health reform legislation means for consumers, as well as offering links to health policy bloggers and a glossary of important terms in health care policy.
The National Institute of Health site has information on a multitude of dental conditions and consumer publications. You will also get information on where to find clinical trials and low-cost dental care.
This federal government website offers consumers information on group health plans and their rights under federal health benefits laws. Laws covered include COBRA and HIPAA, among many others. Links to related health care websites and a glossary of commonly used terms are also provided.
Comprehensive information about health savings accounts (HSAs) is provided by the Treasury Department and the IRS. Follow the IRS Forms link to find information about other tax-favored health plans such as medical savings accounts (MSAs), flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
Nolo is a great starting point when navigating the medical insurance maze. Its Health Insurance and Health Care Expenses section provides clear, useable information on understanding your health insurance plan and federal laws governing such plans, disputing denials of coverage by your health insurer, and managing medical costs.