The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new online tool connecting consumers to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.
Inspired by the Affordable Care Act, www.healthcare.gov is the first website to provide consumers with information on both public programs, from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, and private information from more than 1,000 insurance plans. Consumers can also receive information about options specific to their life situation and local community, and a news release notes that the hope is that the site can be a one-stop-shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources.
“HealthCare.gov helps consumers take control of their health care and make the choices that are right for them, by putting the power of information at their fingertips,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said in the release.
“For too long, the insurance market has been confusing and hard to navigate. HealthCare.gov makes it easy for consumers and small businesses to compare health insurance plans in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.”
As the health care market changes, HealthCare.gov will be also be updated—for example, the plan is for price estimates for health insurance plans to be available online in October; and in the weeks and months ahead, new information on preventing disease and illness and improving the quality of health care for all Americans will also be posted.
The website also includes a series of opportunities where users can indicate whether pages were helpful to them, allowing for continuous feedback.