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Smart Choices Training Coming to Minnesota

Bonnie Braun from the University of Maryland will be coming to Minnesota to conduct a training of the Smart Choice Health Insurance curriculum on November 12 and 13 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Smart Choice Health Insurance© is the first release of a multi-part consumer education program including the new Ask an Expert. Smart Choice is a research- and theory-based, consumer-tested curriculum designed to reduce confusion and increase capability and confidence among consumers making health insurance plan choices. It is applicable to both current health insurance consumers and those who are newly eligible through the Affordable Care Act, providing Extension with a teachable moment when most consumers are attuned to health insurance decisions.

Smart Choice Health Insurance©, with its standardized measures of health insurance literacy, enables Extension to offer an evidence-based curriculum. The nationally validated measures were created and tested by the American Institutes for Research. To offer consumer workshops, educators need to become certified to teach the curriculum then collect and submit data to the University of Maryland Extension.

For a Certification Fee of $200, Educators receive the following benefits:
  • Access to the Educators Toolkit
  • Consultation with teaching team
  • Updated and new information
  • Data compiled and returned in comparative reports

Smart Choice Health Insurance 2-Day Training Workshop

Tuesday, November 12 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) - lunch included, dinner on your own
Wednesday, November 13 (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) - breakfast and lunch included

For more information, contact Mary Jo Katras at

Smart Choice Health Insurance is the product of a multi-state Health Insurance Literacy Team, led by the University of Maryland Extension and the University of Delaware Extension with funding from the University of Maryland Extension and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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