Back in March, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. If you’ve figured out precisely what the new law means for you, nice work! If not, there’s a new resource to help you figure it out.
HealthCare.gov is a new site from the Department of Health and Human Services designed to help people wrap their minds around the new law and many other perplexing aspects within the realm of healthcare.
As you might expect, you can use the site to investigate insurance options available to you based on your state and demographics — but the site doesn’t stop there. You can also find wellness tips you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy (better than getting sick in the first place, right?).
Personally, my favorite tool on the site is under “Compare Care Quality”. Clicking on the tab takes you to a link to the Hospital Compare website, a site maintained by Medicare which collects quality data on hospitals across the country. You can search for all of the hospitals close to home (or close to a relative’s home) and compare the quality data to make an informed decision on where to go for care.
Another handy tool I found on the site is a timeline that shows “What Changes When” — it will keep you posted on which parts of the new law go into effect at what points in the coming years.
Do you have questions about the new healthcare legislation? Post them in the comments section below and I’ll have our experts here at FMH respond.