External Resources

Below is a list of health insurance educational materials created by organizations other than University of Maryland Extension. We suggest using these materials as a supplement to the materials found on the Insure Your Health site.


Loewenstein, G., Friedman, J. Y., McGill, B., Ahmad, S., Linck, S., Sinkula, S., Beshears, J., Choi, J. J., Kolstad, J., Laibson, D., Madrian, B., List, J.A., & Volp, K.G.  (2013). Consumers' misunderstanding of health insurance. Journal of Health Economics, 32(5), 850-862.


Shopping For Coverage: Health Marketplaces Are Open To Nearly Everyone

In this Kaiser Health News video series, consumer columnist Michelle Andrews explains specific parts of how new health exchanges will function, including how – even though they are open to nearly all -- individuals who already have insurance through work, Medicare or Medicaid don’t need to shop there. Watch the video.

Understanding the ACA's Financial Assistance Programs 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides for new financial assistance programs to help low and moderate-income people purchase coverage through health insurance marketplaces. You will see technical information about task credits and cost-sharing in this new brief.

Covering Kids and Family Wisconsin: The Affordable Care Act: Tools and Information

Provides information for families to maximize enrollment and effective participation in health insurance coverage and other services that promote the health and well-being of children and families.

USA.gov: Health Insurance Information

Learn about your health insurance options. Get information about private insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs to help you pay for your medical expenses.

U.S. Department of Labor: Health Benefits Advisor

This interactive website is designed to help workers and their families understand group health benefits and the laws that govern them, especially when they experience changes in their life and work situations, such as marriage, childbirth, job loss or retirement.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: Insure U

Website providing tips and facts to assist you in planning for health insurance and health decisions in the future.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform Source

Provides regularly updated information on health care reform and what steps your state has taken to implement changes.

LIFE Foundation: Health Insurance 101

Health insurance educational materials targeting adolescents and young adults.

PDF Downloads

North Carolina State University Extension: Health Care For Your Family

A downloadable handout explaining different types of private and public health insurance.

Consumer Reports: 7 Things You Need To Know (English)

Consumer Union report on the 7 things consumers need to know about health insurance reform and what it means for their families.

Consumer Reports: 7 Things You Need To Know (Espanol)

Consumer Reports: Medicare - 6 Things To Know (English)

Consumer Union's 'Medicare mini guide' explaining the 6 most important recent changes to Medicare eligibility and coverages.

Consumer Reports: Medicare - 6 Things To Know (Espanol)