Consumer Resources

Protecting your Safety as a Patient
  • Five Steps to Safer Health Care (PDF)
  • 20 Tips To Help Prevent Medical Errors (PDF)
  • Avoiding Hospital Blunders (Knowing the Risks and Speaking Up Can Help You Stay Safe) (PDF)
  • A Guide to Taking an Active Role in Your Health Care (PDF)

  • Safe Use of Prescription Drugs
  • Shopper's Guide To Prescription Drugs - Number 2 Generic Drugs (PDF)
  • Your Medicine: Play It Safe (PDF)
  • Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A CONSUMER SAFETY GUIDE (PDF)

  • Understanding Health Insurance
  • Questions and Answers About Health Insurance (PDF)

  • How to Handle Medical Debt
  • Your Medical Bills: A Consumer's Guide to Coping with Medical Debt (PDF)

  • Health insurance premium tax Credit

    Starting in 2010, up to 4 million small businesses that offer healthcare coverage to their employees may be eligible for a tax credit. Fill in the amounts below to find out what your tax credit will be.

    To qualify, a small business must:

    • Have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees,
    • Pay average annual wages below $50,000
    • Contribute at least 50% of each employee's premium

    Note that owners are excluded, and should not be counted in number of employees, wages, or premium contribution amount.

    Tax credit calculator

    Note: This is a preliminary estimate, and is contingent upon accurate inputs for FTEs, average wages, and employer premium contribution as defined by the provisions of the healthcare legislation. See,,id=220839,00.html for more information.

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