Estimated Time of Completion: 1 or 2 homework nights or 1 class
To be intelligent consumers by learning terminology associated
with the insurance health care industry
To become familiar with terms used in the video "Healthcare
Crisis: Who's At Risk?" as background information for further
projects concerning the video.
activity addresses the following national content standards
established by McREL at http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/standardslib/health.html:
Knows factors that influence personal selection of health
care resources, products, and services Knows local, state,
federal, and private agencies that protect and/or inform the
consumer (e.g. FDA, EPA, OSHA, local prosecutor's office)
Understands the cost and accessibility of a variety of
health-care services (e.g. health insurance coverage)
Video: "Healthcare Crisis: Who's At Risk?"
The following web sites may be used as references:
PBS: Healthcare Crisis: Who's At Risk?
Health Insurance Resource Center
Help for Health
Healthtouch Online http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/showAllLfts.asp?lftname=AHCPR063&cid=HT
Insure.com Consumer Insurance Guide
Health Insurance Terms Crossword
Health Insurance Terms Crossword 2
Begin by asking the class what would happen if their teacher
started talking to them in Russian. Query them as to how much
they would understand. What if the teacher tried to talk to
them about a health insurance policy? Would they understand
it if their teacher asked them about flex plans, HMO's, and
PPO's? Explain that confusion occurs even when people are speaking
the same language, but don't know the meaning of words or terms
that are used.
Explain to students that they are about to see a video
entitled "Healthcare Crisis - Who's At Risk?" which will help
them understand how health insurance works. Ask students how
many of them think they will need or purchase health insurance
at some time in their lives. Why is it important to have health
There may be terminology they couldn't explain or understand.
Suggest that students take notes when terminology they
don't know is used and also to write the definition where possible.
Explain to them that their homework will be to complete
two crossword puzzles dealing with health insurance and healthcare
Explain also that without this foundation, the ensuing
projects dealing with this topic will be like "Russian" to them
if they don't understand the healthcare "language."
will be the number of correct responses to the puzzles.
may do this assignment in partners with one partner completing
one puzzle and the other the second puzzle. In class, the partners
would then explain to each other the meaning of all the terminology
on their separate puzzles.
puzzles could be used as a Parent Talk assignment where they
are completed with their parents.
might also refer to their notes and determine which terms weren't
used in the two puzzles they completed. What other terms might
be important for citizens to understand? Visiting the Web sites
referenced above may help students identify other important
terms. Students may create their own crossword puzzles using
these words by visiting the Crossword
Puzzle Generator, and then creating their own clues.
is a good lesson to precede the other lessons in this web site,
since the other lessons require knowledge of terminology before