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MSU Extension's Community Health Resources Program

337 Culbertson Hall
P.O. Box 172230
Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: (406) 994-5552
Fax: (406) 994-1756
Location: Culbertson Hall
dyoung@montana.edu

Community Health Specialist:

David Young

MSU Extension - Community Health Resources

College Department

Health Reform Highlights

Putting Patients First
This is an initiative launched by the National Health Council to connect people living with chronic diseases and disabilities to resources and organizations focused on their particular needs. The website is designed to help patients understand the health insurance Marketplace, explore options, estimate costs and get questions answered.
http://www.puttingpatientsfirst.net/

Large Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Literacy Signal Need for Targeted Education and Outreach
Sharon K. Long and Dana Goin February 26, 2014 Overall, health insurance literacy among Americans is low, placing them at a disadvantage when shopping for coverage (Blumberg et al. 2013; Loewenstein et al. 2013). Not understanding key terms related to health insurance prevents consumers from making either fully informed choices among alternative health plans or effective use of the plans they select. Gaps in health insurance literacy are of particular concern for both those purchasing coverage through the health insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and those selecting a plan under the ACA's Medicaid expansion. This brief examines differences in health insurance literacy across three racial/ethnic groups of nonelderly adults (age 18-64) white non-Hispanic, non-white non-Hispanic, and Hispanic-to identify gaps in understanding that may affect take-up of insurance coverage and health plan selection.
http://hrms.urban.org/briefs/literacy-by-race.html

Health Care Tax Tips
On February 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a news release announcing the launch of Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes.
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2

Health Happens in Libraries
Health Happens in Libraries seeks to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This work acknowledges the growing intersection of digital technologies and individual health management (eHealth), and the opportunities for libraries to provide digital access to health information in their communities. We will engage several states to more thoroughly assess the context of ACA and other eHealth needs in public libraries. These partnerships will inform the development of customized resources and promising practices for state and public libraries nationwide to utilize in related patron services. Resources will be posted here as they are developed.
http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth/more-info.html

Libraries Serve As Health Insurance Info Hubs
By Elana Gordon, WHYY Feb 14, 2014 What can't librarians do? Many are now becoming health insurance guides. The buzz at the American Library Association's winter meeting recently wasn't just about the annual awards (a.k.a. the book award "super bowl"); the Affordable Care Act was also on the agenda. Libraries across the country have been trying to meet a growing demand for health insurance information. At the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch, library coordinator Nani Manion has started running twice-weekly enrollment clinics in the technology lab. Manion is one of 33 librarians in the Philly system who have undergone a five-hour training session to become certified application counselors.
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/February/14/Libraries-As-Health-Insurance-Hubs.aspx

Get Covered America
Your pets want you to take care of your health. And they've created a video to tell you.Watch and share! Then change your social media profile picture to your favorite pet to get the word out!
http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/take-care-people/