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October 06, 2010

HealthCare.gov is now online

Health care consumers will be pleased to discover HealthCare.gov, the new website put up by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information about 2010 Affordable Care Act. This Act, which took effect on September 23, is designed to curb abusive practices in the health insurance industry. In addition to explaining the new law, the HealthCare.gov allows consumers to locate private insurance plans and compare benefits, premiums, and coverage between different plans and providers. Providers are also now required to submit data on how many applicants have been denied coverage and how many of the enrolled customers are paying higher costs due to health conditions, and this data is published as well.

The site allows the user to search for area hospitals and nursing homes, and allows comparisons between them based on patient surveys or other quality measures. Another section provides preventative health care information and links to Healthfinder.gov.

To aid in discovering and accessing HealthCare.gov, it has been added to SearchTools.

Posted by sehanley at October 6, 2010 10:08 AM


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