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HealthCare.gov: Now with Numbers

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 1 2010

HealthCare.gov has been filled out with a first round of insurance plan pricing information, meeting an October 1st deadline set under the health care bill passed in March.

Praising the site as "manically consumer oriented," HHS CTO Todd Park said at a press conference today that the more than 200 insurance providers had handed over pricing data on about 4,400 different plans. Also asked of insurers: statistics on both what percentage of plan participants end up paying above the estimated plan price and what percentage of people who apply are rejected. Pricing data on more plans, said Park, will be rolled in month-by-month. As part of the upgrade, the site now features a comparison tool for plans, all aimed at making it giving consumers a similar experience shopping for an insurance plan as they have booking plane tickets on Expedia.

How do we know that the insurance plan prices that HealthCare.gov is listing are accurate ones? The check, reported Park, is the personal attestation of the insurers' CEO or CFO.

I should have more on this in a bit -- including some insight into why, if I put my personal data into HealthCare.gov, no plans pop up. But, thems are the basics, so that if folks are discussing this around the water cooler this afternoon, you won't feel left out. More from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius here.

Past coverage: Obama's New HealthCare.gov: A Look at What's Inside, Hail to the HealthCare.gov Demo, The Cost of Adding Prices to HealthCare.gov, Putting Prices on Obama's Health Plan Site, and Health Care Reform: The Website.

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