On Saturday, June 22nd, AARP volunteers Ron Brillhart, Jennifer Feigerle, and Mike Schutz headed to the USC campus for Men’s Health Awareness Day. An estimated 500 people attended the event, which provided free resources, information, and health screenings to the public.
AARP provided information about the Affordable Care Act, sharing materials in English and Spanish regarding how the health care law will impact individuals, families, and small businesses. The information, which details what the Affordable Care Act means to different populations, was well-received. Volunteers also distributed personal medication records, which help individuals track medications and help doctors and pharmacists have the most current information about which medications he or she is taking.
In addition, Jennifer, Ron, and Mike provided information about the California Health Insurance Exchange (known as Covered California). Covered California will be the new state-based marketplace where you will be able to shop for health insurance starting in 2014. Individuals and small businesses will be able to compare the benefits and costs of health plans side by side. For individuals and families, the exchange is a single place where you can enroll in and purchase private or public health insurance coverage. For small businesses, the exchange is a way to level the playing field, where you have better choice of plans and insurers, the way larger employers do now. Covered California will also help you determine if you’re eligible for health programs or tax credits that make coverage more affordable.
For more information about the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts you and your family, check out the AARP Picture Better Health site, helping you understand the health care law one piece at a time and the AARP Health Law Guide, which will tell you the benefits and protections you can get right now.
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