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AHRQ releases a new guide to help consumers make health insurance decisions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and America's Health Insurance Plans released Questions and Answers about Health Insurance, a new guide designed to help consumers make important health insurance decisions. The guide explains how different types of health insurance work, including network-based plans, non-network based coverage, and consumer-directed health plans. It also provides a glossary of health insurance terms as well as additional resources to obtain more information.

This guide is a critically important resource because today's more complex health care system requires consumers and employers to be more informed about their choices. Choosing and understanding how to use a health plan may be the key to helping consumers get the care they need when they need it.

To access or download a free copy of "Questions and Answers about Health Insurance," visit http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/insuranceqa/.

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