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Thursday, August 8, 2013

AARP intros Health Law tool for consumers


Association Continues Nationwide Education Effort

(Phoenix, AZ) - AARP has launched new online resources for people looking for facts about the Affordable Care Act including a new online tool called Health Law Answers.

“Our new website Health Law Answers provides resources as part of AARP’s continuing effort to educate people about the health care law and what it means for them,” said David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director.  “Health Law Answers has easy-to-read information and resources so that people can better understand the Affordable Care Act.”

The new tool – HealthLawAnswers.org – is a quick and easy way to get customized information based on where you live, gender, your family size, income and insurance status.  Answering seven simple questions generates a report about what benefits may be available and where to find more information.  The tool is also available in Spanish – MiLeyDeSalud.org.

“For instance, if someone is without health coverage, the tool lets them know how the health insurance marketplace will work, provides resources about things to consider when shopping for coverage, and then connects them with the health insurance marketplace,” added Mitchell.

The tool is available in English and in Spanish and reports can easily be translated between the two.  Individuals can also download their report, email it or save it, making it a great tool for family caregivers who may be looking to provide information to a loved one.

“We know there is a lot of information out there about the health care law and AARP is here to help people cut through the clutter,” said Nicole Duritz, Vice President AARP Health Education and Outreach. “That’s why we created HealthLawAnswers.org.  Now in a few easy steps anyone can get a free, customized report connecting them to local resources and information that matters to individuals and their families.”

In addition to HealthLawAnswers.org, AARP created an information-rich website called HealthLawFacts.org for consumers to quickly find resources and more detailed information on specific aspects of the law.  AARP’s suite of resources includes information for those who are currently insured, those without health coverage or fear of losing it and people with Medicare.

Beyond these new resources, AARP is collaborating with a number of organizations to reach people where they live, including outreach in Hispanic communities with the Hispanic Federation, National Council of La Raza, Esperanza and the League of United Latin American Citizens.  AARP in Arizona is among other AARP state offices across the country engaged in statewide efforts to educate people about the law and providing information on local resources and places to ask for help with enrollment.

For more information visit HealthLawAnswers.org.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en EspaƱol, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The 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. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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