New Website Aims To Simplify Exchange Enrollment Process
March 11, 2014 in News
A not-for-profit organization is testing a website in Illinois that allows residents shopping for coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to easily compare doctors and costs, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.
The website, called HealthPlanRatings.org, was developed by Consumers’ Checkbook to address some of the functional issues that have made it difficult for consumers to compare the out-of-pocket costs of health plans sold through HealthCare.gov.
HealthPlanRatings.org uses actuarial data to calculate the total costs for each plan as they would apply to a specific individual’s financial status and medical needs. For example, consumers who know they will need a specific medical procedure in the upcoming year could factor that into the equation when estimating costs.
The website also features:
- A list of providers included in each plan’s network; and
- A five-star rating system based on an independent organization’s quality ratings of health plans.
According to the AP/Bee, the website eventually could be expanded to all the state- and federally run insurance exchanges (Johnson, AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/7).