Health Insurance Education: What the Affordable Care Act means for businesses

Editor's note
This curriculum is only available in an electronic version. A link to ordering information is on this page. After you order, you will receive an email from [email protected] that includes a download link. If you do not receive this email within two business days of ordering, please send a message to [email protected] or call 800-292-0969. The link will download a zip file that contains the curriculum in two versions — a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF in notes layout, four handouts (What Is the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, Words to Know training glossary, Calculating Employer Size, and What Does the ACA Mean for My Business?), three sample political neutrality training items, a sample post-program evaluation tool, and a document describing guidelines for curriculum use. Read the guidelines document (DOCX) prior to purchasing.


MU Extension state specialists developed this curriculum, and it has been vetted for accuracy and neutrality by MU Extension Communications staff, MU system government relations and legal teams, and staff from the Missouri Foundation for Health (our partner that is leading a parallel education initiative). Given the changing nature of the Affordable Care Act and its related content, we expect updates to the curriculum in the future. Those who purchase our curriculum will be notified of updates via email.

When you purchase the curriculum, you will receive links to any updates between your date of purchase and the next Dec. 31. After that, an annual update fee will apply if you want to purchase the updated curriculum for the next enrollment period. We will continue to update the curriculum as long as our funding and project continues.

About the curriculum

Because of the ACA, individuals, families and businesses will need to make decisions about their health insurance and the options they provide. As a nonpartisan entity, MU Extension's role is to provide education. The Health Insurance Education Initiative's curriculum is designed to provide Missouri employers with the information they need to make informed health insurance decisions.

The curriculum contains:

  • An overview of the ACA (12 slides).
  • Information about what the ACA means to employees and the self-employed (18 slides).
  • Instructions for calculating employer size (29 slides).
  • Rules for small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees) (11 slides).
  • Rules for large employers (those with 50 or more employees) (14 slides).
  • Information about additional provisions and reporting requirements (8 slides).

The curriculum is designed so that you can pick and choose slides based on the needs of a particular audience. It includes handouts with examples of how to calculate employer size, a flowchart that helps businesses determine whether they are subject to shared responsibility payments or eligible for small business tax credits, a glossary of health insurance terms, and a basic description of the Missouri Marketplace.

The curriculum includes speaker notes that provide a high level of detail and background information and make the curriculum a helpful training resource for those working with businesses.

This curriculum is designed for use by extension or community agencies that have a nonpartisan mission. Therefore, the leadership team, after consulting with university legal, government relations and communications staff, developed training materials for use with faculty and staff on the importance of political neutrality. Included with the curriculum are the following sample documents:

  • Political neutrality role-plays for faculty and staff who are not doing educational programming about the health care law (sample_role-plays.pdf)
  • A PowerPoint training module on the role of nonprogramming staff (e.g., administrative assistants who might take calls from the public) related to health insurance education (sample_staff_training.pptx)
  • A communications plan for handling public and media inquiries related to health insurance or ACA education that includes talking points and a desk reference of contacts for faculty and staff to use in handling public inquiries (sample_talking_points.pdf)

Also included is a sample post-program evaluation instrument that is designed to collect demographic data and assess participants' program satisfaction and content knowledge.


  • Health insurance
  • Health insurance literacy
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Obamacare
  • Insurance
  • Personal finance
  • Community health


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