KFF Helpful Resources

Check out this helpful video, FAQ list and Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation!

Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It Covered

This five-minute cartoon video that explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand scenarios. It’s a light-hearted treatment of a difficult topic, breaking down important insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. The video explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including HMOs and PPOs.

This is the third YouToons video written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The video is narrated by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a nationally-recognized surgeon and Foundation trustee.

Health Reform FAQs

A searchable collection of questions and answers about all aspects of the ACA.  Updated and new FAQs cover plan renewal, cancellations, financial assistance, guidance for understanding 2014 federal income taxes in the context of the health law, potential penalties for not obtaining coverage, exemptions to the individual mandate, how the law applies to people in different circumstances and more.

Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator: Financial Help for Health Insurance Coverage through Marketplaces

Consumers can generate estimates of their health insurance premiums and government subsidies for 2015 plans that they purchase through an ACA marketplace.  The calculator has been updated with zip code-specific data on 2015 health plans that are being sold through the marketplaces during the open enrollment period. The calculator also helps consumers determine whether they could be eligible for Medicaid.