• SecondsCount Healthcare Guide

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    Managing your healthcare needs and those of your family can be a daunting task. It can require a good deal of time, money, and specialized knowledge, and it involves making decisions that can affect the quality and length of your life and of those you love. The SecondsCount Healthcare Guide is designed to make your job easier and give you the information and tools you need to protect your most valuable asset—your health.

    Inside this guide you will learn how to actively participate in your own care with confidence in the following five areas:

    Forming and Identifying Your Healthcare Team

    The quality of your healthcare providers and the hospitals where they work is the cornerstone of the quality of care that you receive. That’s why it is so important to take the time before you are sick or need an emergency procedure to find healthcare providers who have the training and experience to do the job and a personality that puts you at ease. Click here to learn more.

    Finding the Best Health Insurance for You and Your Family

    If you don’t understand some of the basic principles of how health insurance works, don’t worry. You are not alone. It’s not rocket science, but it can seem that way late at night when you’re trying to make sense out of a hospital bill. Click here for definitions, examples, and tools to help you understand and get the most out of the health insurance you have now or to shop for new insurance.

    Understanding How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Affects You and Your Care

    The ACA has brought about significant changes in healthcare law that have probably affected you and your family in some way. For example, you can no longer be refused coverage because of a pre-existing condition such as heart disease. Click here to learn about specific provisions of the law that may affect you and your family.

    Gaining Access to New Treatments and Technology

    Innovations in technology and the treatment of cardiovascular disease continue to develop at a rapid pace. You may be eligible to try new treatment options that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Click here to learn more about additional treatment options that may be available to you by participating in clinical trials.

    Keeping Track of Your Medical Records

    If you’ve ever had to transfer or get copies of your medical records you know it can be difficult. Click here to learn strategies that may make it easier and to understand your rights in obtaining them when you change healthcare providers or are seeking a second opinion.

    Use this guide to take charge of your health care. It provides assistance in the key areas that can affect the treatment and long-term health of you and your loved ones.