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Health Insurance Resources: A Guide for People with Chronic Disease and Disability, Second Edition
Dorothy E. Northrop, MSW, ACSW; Stephen Cooper; Kimberly Calder, MPS

Book Details:
Published: December 2006
ISBN: 1-932603-34-4
Format: Softcover
Pages: 232
Regular Price: $26.95
Where to buy: Demos Medical Publishing

Press Release:
The second edition of Health Insurance Resource: A Guide for People with Chronic Disease and Disability continues to be a uniquely helpful reference for those who need and use health insurance most often but have the least access to it. The book was developed to assist individuals living with disability and chronic health conditions, as well as health care professionals, in understanding the health care system and maximizing their rights and entitlements within that system.

The manual is completely updated throughout, and reflects the changes in the system since the first edition's publication in 2003. Crucially, the book includes new information about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage plan, which took effect in January 2006. It also covers:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income
  • COBRA
  • HIPAA
  • State High Risk Pools
  • Insurance glossary
  • State pharmacy assistance programs
  • And much, much more!

This essential guide contains information about a wide variety of options that will be of assistance to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, or who have questions about insurance and don't know where to begin. It will also serve those who work with chronically ill individuals and their families, such as health care professionals and para-professionals, consumer and patient advocates, and the educators and institutions that serve them.


About the Authors:

Dorothy E. Northrop, MSW, ACSW is Director of Clinical Programs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for over five years and coordinates Society initiatives to expand long-term care options and health insurance coverage for people with MS.

Stephen Cooper is the former Coordinator for Health Insurance Information for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kimberly Calder, MPS is Manager, Health Insurance Initiatives for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York City, where she advises Society staff, clients and health professionals on issues and private insurance benefits.

Contents: Health Insurance Managed Care and Indemnity Plans; Medicare; Medicaid; Social Security Disability Insurance; SSDI/SSI; Employee Retirement Income Security Act; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability; Appendices.

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