Jam-packed with the information you need to take charge of your health care, HealthCare.gov was created to explain the Affordable Care Act and provide Americans with the tools to find health insurance coverage that fits their budget and lifestyle.
Using HealthCare.gov could not be easier. The website has an easy-to-navigate front page where you can select a profile based on whether you are a family with children, an individual, a person with disabilities, a senior, a young adult or an employer and it will take you to your personalized health care center.
Once you have selected your profile, you can explore the top five things to know, how the Affordable Care Act will make insurance better soon and how it will make insurance better starting in 2014. Also on the left hand side of the page, users can select their situation: I have insurance, I'm losing work coverage, I've been rejected for insurance, I need insurance or I need affordable care. Each choice will take you to a page tailored to your circumstances.
For example, if you are a healthy individual who has insurance, HealthCare.gov highlights the rights and protections you have. If you are an individual with a health condition who has been rejected for coverage, HealthCare.gov lists options you may have for coverage until the Affordable Care Act is in place.
But HealthCare.gov is not limited to information on the new law; you can learn about staying healthy and discover tools like myhealthfinder which customizes preventative tips for you. You can also compare care quality using the hospital compare tool designed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Hospital Quality Alliance.
Users can sign-up for email updates or check out the newsroom for all the latest news releases about the Affordable Care Act. A useful feature, be sure to take a look at the Affordable Care Act timeline under the "Understand the New Law" tab. The timeline details what changes are occurring and when. Finally, the implementation center grants individuals access to materials like regulations, authorities and letters concerning the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
HealthCare.gov gives you control over your health care and shows how the Affordable Care Act will improve the quality and cost of health care. For further information on how to take advantage of all the website has to offer, check out HealthCare.gov's tour of the website video.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HealthCare. HealthCare.gov.