Tools for Patients

Understanding your Health Insurance

FREE online course

Understanding health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing a health plan and doctor is no easy task, especially when faced with so many options. This free online, self-paced course provides an introduction and overview to the world of health insurance. Topics covered include

  • A brief look into the history of health insurance and managed care
  • Differentiating between types of health plans
  • Health insurance terminology
  • How to choose a health insurance plan
  • How to choose a primary care physician
  • Introduction to case management, disease management, and wellness
  • Review of vision and pharmacy benefits
  • Understanding the role of the primary care physician
  • Understanding what contributes to the cost of health care

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Healthcare Communication Toolkit for Consumers: 

Using Information to Get High Quality Care

This toolkit is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about their health care

The Toolkit contains tip sheets that can help you:

  • Make better health care decisions
  • Assume more ownership over your health care
  • Increase your ability to take on new behaviors to improve your health and health care

Using evidence-based health care means thinking about your health and health care in new ways. This can lead to confusion, uncertainty, and misconceptions. Because of this, communicating about health care is not easy. The toolkit materials give you a head start with your communications.

The Toolkit materials cover three areas (click on any of the bulleted topics to access the tip sheet)

Topic Area 1

Understanding the basics of health care quality and the importance of evidence-based information

Topic Area 2

Tips for getting good quality care before, during, and after a health care appointment care

Topic Area 3

Help in using the Internet to find health information you can trust

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