I want to urge residents to utilize a new online tool to help consumers access information on quality, affordable coverage through the federal Affordable Health Care Act. The new website was just recently launched by the federal government; the website address is www.healthcare.gov.
This new website is designed to help answer consumer questions on the new health care program and gives consumers the opportunity to comment on how to make the site better and easier to use. The site is a one-stop shop for information on the Affordable Heath Care Act and pulls together both public and private insurance information for those who need insurance or who may want information on what might be best for them.
Here’s how it works: the website allows users to gain necessary information based on the state they live in and their specific health care needs (families, individuals with medical conditions, seniors, etc.). It also provides state-by-state insurance options—both public and private—based on user input.
Although the site provides a host of great information already, more enhancements are planned for this coming fall. The site will provide pricing data, including cost pricing estimates and comparisons, prevention and care quality measures and other useful information on various insurance options.
This is a way for people to see how the Affordable Care Act can be helpful to them and how to access the best possible coverage for them and their families. I urge people to log on, use this site and to comment on its effectiveness.
Sen. Kathy Sheran