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Alaskans Learn Health Care Options with New Online Tool


HealthCare.gov provides public and private insurance options

To help Alaskans navigate the confusing process of gathering information and obtaining health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched a new website providing a one-stop shop for information on available private and public health insurance options.

www.HealthCare.gov provides a simple and easy to use online tool allowing Alaskans to find information about current and future insurance options.

"After years of being denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions, here's a new tool to help Alaskans find affordable insurance," Sen. Mark Begich said. "This tool will be an asset to consumers as they determine the best way to provide themselves and their loved ones with the health care they need and deserve."

www.HealthCare.gov provides a number of useful data points including:

·         Approximately 500 pages of content.

·         Data for more than 1,000 insurance carriers and 5,561 open products (2,030 in the individual health insurance market and 3,531 in the small employer health insurance market).

·         Information on every Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program in the country.

·         Information on the Pre-Existing Condition Plan in every state.

·         Answer a few basic questions, and the site's insurance finder automatically sorts through a huge catalog of public and private coverage options to help identify the best ones for each individual's needs.

The website will also allow small businesses to easily search for insurance options in each area, including information on which small businesses qualify for health insurance tax credits.

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