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HHS Launches New Consumer-Focused Health Care Website
HealthCare.gov is the first central database of health coverage options

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled a consumer-focused website — www.HealthCare.gov — mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The website provides information on ACA implementation, quality rankings for local health care providers and information on preventive services.

The HHS website also provides consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs. HHS reports that HealthCare.gov is the first central database of health coverage options, combining information on public programs, from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans.

Price estimates for health insurance plans are expected to be available online in October. HHS also intends to add health plan performance information so consumers can make meaningful choices.

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