Smart Choice Health Insurance Back »

Written collaboratively by Carrie Johnson (former SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist) and Karen Slunecka (former SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist)


Executive Summary

  1. To help consumers get the information they need to better understand health insurance and make smart decisions when choosing coverage.
  2. The Affordable Care Act opens health insurance up to new audiences who may not understand the basics of a policy, and many more people in our state will be taking a closer look at their current coverage to make sure it complies with the new law. This program will assist individuals in choosing the right plan for their situation.
  3. Consumers who currently have or need to enroll for health care coverage. At this time, we are only providing education to consumers and not businesses since the law has extended the deadline for one year to employers to provide coverage to their employees.
  4. Public Value: More individuals will have health insurance coverage and be able to make an educated decision as to what plan will work best for their particular situation. Private Value: Healthier individuals, resulting in lowering chronic disease.
  5. Two-hour in-person program at each of the eight Regional Centers. Also working with Native American outreach to possibly provide additional programs on Reservations in the state.
  6. Carrie Johnson, SDSU Extension Specialist (trained Smart Choice Health Insurance facilitator).

Private and Public Value Statement

The Smart Choice Health Insurance program will increase participant's confidence in making a good choice for a health insurance policy. This has been shown to reduce chronic illness, which reduces public health care costs for all citizens.

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