AARP Launches Online Resources to Educate Americans On ACA

In an attempt to educate Americans about the new healthcare law, AARP launched two websites last week that provide information and resources to help consumers determine what benefits may be available to them.

Confused about the specifics of the Affordable Care Act? You’re not alone. In March, which marked the three-year anniversary of the law, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 57 percent of Americans reported they did not have enough information about how the ACA will affect them.

To help consumers prepare for upcoming changes in healthcare coverage, AARP launched  two online resources last week that aim to provide simple and clear information about the ACA as well as provide a place for people to learn how to access new available benefits.

One of the resources,, is an online tool that creates customized reports detailing what benefits may be available to users based on information they input, such as their location, gender, age, and current level of insurance coverage. A similar tool for business owners was launched last month by the White House, The Washington Post reported.

“We know there is a lot of information out there about the healthcare law, and AARP is here to help people cut through the clutter,” Nicole Duritz, vice president, AARP health education and outreach, said in a statement. “That’s why we created Now in a few easy steps anyone can get a free, customized report connecting them to local resources and information that matters to individuals and their families.”

In addition to customized reports, AARP launched an informational website,, which includes more detailed facts and resources for individuals who are currently insured, those who are not currently insured or fear losing their coverage, and those with Medicare.

AARP is not the only association working to help Americans better understand the new healthcare law. In June, the American Library Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an agreement to help educate the public about buying health insurance through new online exchanges.

Katie Bascuas

By Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. MORE

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