Health Law Guide: Online Tool to Simplify the Health Care Law

by Kirsten Reed on February 24, 2012

AARP recently launched a personalized online tool, the Health Law Guide , to help Americans understand benefits available currently and in the future under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through a brief series of questions, offered in English or Spanish, 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 goal in developing this tool is to give people an easy way to learn about the provisions that fit their personal circumstances, so that they can make informed decisions about their health care choices. Visitors to the tool answer six simple questions and receive a personalized report that:

  • provides information about what is available now and over the next few years when the health care law goes fully into effect;
  • explains benefits and protections such as expanded coverage for preventive care and screenings and protections against insurance cancellations and lifetime limits on health insurance coverage; and
  • describes state specific programs and resources for people who are uninsured or who are having difficulty finding coverage.

AARP’s Health Law Guide is designed specifically with the 50-plus audience in mind, and it is the only online tool on the Affordable Care Act that is also available in Spanish.

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