Health care reform is a complicated business. It’s hard enough keeping track of all the explicit requirements and timelines let along understand the new laws nuances and subtleties. Brokers and their clients need tools and support to keep abreast, and to avoid running afoul, of all the law and regulations coming down the pike from Washington, DC and your local state capital.
One purpose of this blog is to provide a central place to find some of those resources while at the same time weeding out the ones that either fail to deliver on their promise or are so biased as to be less than useful. Links to useful sites and the like are scattered throughout various posts on this blog. However, to make them easier to find and use I’m planning to create a Resources page. The resources to be found on this site will be curated (meaning I’ll evaluate each of them) and categorized by type (e.g., timelines, educational tools, calculators) and topic (tax credits, exchanges, compliance).
While I come across a lot of useful information and tools, it’s a big Internet out there. So I’m asking for your help. Readers of this blog tend to be engaged and aware of health care reform and, I’m betting, about tools to help brokers and clients deal with the coming changes. So I’m asking you to nominate your favorite sites, blogs, tools, timelines and the like.
Nominating a resource is simple. Just “comment” on this posting with the name of a resource, a link to it and a sentence or three on why you think it’s helpful and worthwhile. The resources can come from any credible source: government agencies (HealthCare.gov has plenty of information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – yes, it tends to take a rosy view of everything little thing about it, but it also provides links to actual regulations and does explain important aspects of the law in simple language); from non-profits (the Kaiser Family Foundation offers a short video explaining health care reform – to the extent there’s a villain in the piece it’s the insurance carriers and there’s no mention of brokers, but it is helpful to anyone trying to offer a big picture explanation of what’s going on with health care reform, and why); or commercial (Anthem offers an easy-to-use tool that answers the question, “Should I grandfather my health plan or not? – and it’s devoid of explicit selling by Anthem other than the site branding). You’re even welcome to nominate other blogs, so long as their focus is on providing useful information and insight, not pushing a political agenda. Please indicate if the resource is for members or subscribers only. (Much of the terrific material NAHU offers is for members-only, but there’s still plenty of helpful information on their site accessible to all.
Please nominate only one resource per comment. The reason is that I’m also asking you to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the usefulness and quality of the resources nominated by others. You can explain your vote by commenting on the comment, but what really matters is whether you consider the nominated resource to be useful and credible.
Again, the goal here is to provide in one place resources to brokers and their clients navigate the new health care reform law. The emphasize will be on material that educates and communicates what the law does, when it does it, and how to deal with it. They say there’s wisdom in crowds and I’m thinking the crowd who reads this blog is pretty wise. So we should be able to come up with a pretty good set of resources.
My hope is to get the page up before the end of the month. So please get your first nominees in by October 20th). Of course, I’ll be constantly updating the Resource page so please feel free to nominate any resource you come along when you come along it.
Thanks in advance for your help. Let the nominating begin: what resource would you recommend to fellow readers?
Please note, if you put more than one URL in your comment not only won’t others be able to vote for a partiulcar nominee, but WordPress will likely send your entire comment to their Spam folder. While I’ll be able to retrieve some, I won’t be able to catch them all, meaning none of your nominees will be noted. So please — one resource per comment.