Health Insurance Explained is Kaiser Family Foundation’s newest release of their YouToons cartoons. It helps the public understand and navigate the new health coverage available through the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. In a short 5 minutes, viewers are both entertained and taken through various scenarios that cleverly demonstrate factors to consider when choosing a plan. They remind viewers that low premiums can be deceptive as those plans often have high deductibles. They also encourage people to know: what your plan covers and what you pay; what providers/facilities are considered in-network with your plan and what aren’t; and the price difference between brand name and generic drugs.
While people with Medicare don’t need to purchase this insurance, many people approaching Medicare age without other insurance may need to purchase new coverage through the Marketplace. For additional resources, see:
- 300 FAQs for consumers about the ACA
- a short 10-question quiz, and
- a Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator (updated with 2015 premium data).
All of these tools are written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation to help consumers across the U.S. better understand health insurance. They are also all available in Spanish.
For those of you on Medicare with questions about Medicare and the Covered California (the health insurance marketplace in our state), see our article: Medicare & Covered California ~ Get Your Questions Answered.