White County Extension Service

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White County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service

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We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture.  Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives.  Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the White County Extension Office is at your service! 

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Extension Program Helps You Make a Smart Choice about Health Insurance


Smart Choice Health Insurance Workshop Details:
Friday, November 20 
Hubach Center at Unity Health

Fall is the season for health insurance plan enrollment.  You may be like most people--confused and uncomfortable, when it comes to making decisions about health insurance coverage.  Do you know that health insurance helps individuals and families get access to care leading to better health and reduces the risk of high health care costs?


That’s why a team of experts from across the nation, led by the University of Maryland Extension, developed Smart Choice Health Insurance© workshops. These workshops and materials are research-based to give people tools to make a smart health insurance decision for themselves and their families. In 2014, the program received a national community education award.


People who attended these workshops left confident they could make a smart health insurance purchase decision. They learned key health insurance terms; how to estimate costs for health care and what questions to ask; and how to find information to choose a health plan.


Smart Choice is not about pushing you to select any one specific plan,” says Bonnie Braun, co-leader of the team of University of Maryland and Delaware extension experts that developed Smart Choice. “It will help you gain a set of skills so you can choose a plan that best fits your family’s needs.” Workshops will be offered during open enrollment in the fall of 2015 through winter, 2016.


Says Katie Cullum, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences. “I know people in our countywant to make smart choices about their health and finances.  This workshop can help them do just that.” Consumer workbooks, and some workshops, are available in both Spanish and English.


“Keeping your head above water can be extremely difficult when navigating the waters of health insurance – whether you’ve been insured throughout your life or are faced with selecting coverage for the very first time,” says Cullum. “Smart Choice acts like a life vest: it empowers you by eliminating the intimidation factor, explaining the steps in the process and ultimately showing you how to find the best fit for your needs.”

For more information on Smart Choice Health Insurance©, contact Bonnie Braun, PhD at bbraun@umd.edu or visit www.extension.umd.edu/insure. For local information about workshops, contact Katie Cullum at 501-268-5394 or kcullum@uaex.edu.  Check out our website at www.uaex.edu/white.  If you cannot attend, you can get a copy of the workbook at: extension.umd.edu/insure.

Hope McAlee, Emma Williams and Mallory Pryor

4-H State O-Rama


The Interior Design Team of Mallory P., Hope M. and Emma W. placed 1st!

 Colton Bowman, Emma Ferren, Sarah Brister, Ashley Workman and Ethan Ferren

4-H State O-Rama


The Parliamentary Procedure Team placed 1st at this year's competition!

(from left to right):Colton B., Emma F., S., Ashley W.,  and Ethan F.  

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