Smart Choice Health Insurance Program November 13 in Red Oak

ISU Extension and Outreach is providing a program called “Smart Choice” to help consumers understand health insurance concepts and terms, evaluate their own health insurance needs, examine insurance plans and select a plan that fits their needs and budget.  However, Mary Beth Kaufman, ISU family finance program specialist stresses, “Our Smart Choice workshops will NOT be an avenue for enrolling consumers in health insurance or for providing one-on-one advice about health insurance. Navigators and other consumer assistors play this role.” But by attending this meeting, consumers will be better able to understand and make sound choices. Kaufman will teach the Smart Choice class in Red Oak on Wednesday, November 13 at the Montgomery County Extension office at 400 Bridge Street from 6:30-8:30 pm.
 
Various organizations and agencies have been addressing concerns about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, but the ISU Extension and Outreach workshops are different. “Smart Choice is a health-insurance literacy curriculum. It is both research and theory based and consumer tested,” said Suzanne Bartholomae, an ISU Extension and Outreach family financial state specialist.
 
“We address the Affordable Care Act in Smart Choice, and we will be supplementing it with tax credit and cost subsidy information, but it is not the primary focus of our workshops,” Bartholomae said. Smart Choice is applicable to both current health insurance consumers and those who are newly eligible through the Affordable Care Act, she noted.
 
Consumers are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Montgomery County Extension office by November 12 at 712-623-2592.  The program is offered FREE to you thanks to the Montgomery County Extension District and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 
For more information, contact Stephanie Langner at the Montgomery County Extension office in Red Oak or at slangner@iastate.edu

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