A healthy health-care system
Millions of Americans lack health insurance, which covers everything from medicine to hospital stays. So they’ve had to pay the full cost of their health care. Earlier this year, the president signed into law some big changes in the way people get health insurance. The new rules also affect how insurance companies operate and how they help people stay healthy. What do the changes mean for you and your family? Take a look!
* First, it helps to know how insurance works. See the links below–and find others–for the basics. Get a personal perspective by asking relatives how they have paid for their health care, from the time they were your age to the present day. Feeling ambitious? Check out how health insurance works in other countries.
* The new law has many parts. For instance, it expands how long parents’ insurance plans can cover children, and it compels companies to provide free checkups and screening exams. Some parts are less obvious, such as the requirement that some restaurant chains post calorie information on their menus. Use the reference sections of your school and local libraries to learn more about what the law covers.
* Find a way to use what you’ve learned. With classmates, you could debate the law or write questions about its details for a quiz show game. Or pretend it’s 2060, and write a letter to your grandkids about how it affected your health care. Come up with a project you like!
START HERE: These Web resources can help.
Health Insurance Basics
What Health Reform Means to You
Kaiser Health Reform Gateway