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.

Website Details

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).

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