New Healthcare.gov launches with good reviews
Health care reform reached a visible and helpful milestone this week with the launch of healthcare.gov. The site was built in 90 days for $3.5 million.
It collects information on health insurance and lets you search for options that fit your particular situation.
Most early reviews are positive; the biggest complaint is that there is no pricing information yet. That is supposed to change in October.
Craig Newmark of Craigslist gives the site a thumb’s up and lists these strong points:
- Data for more than 1,000 insurance carriers and 5,561 open products
- Information on every Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Information on the Pre-Existing Condition Plan in every state
Nancy Scola has a through review on the TechPresident blog and points out that there are several opportunities to use the little yellow feedback box to suggest improvements.
If you’d rather listen than read, there’s a video tour of the site on YouTube.
Even The New Republic admits: Hey, Sometimes Government Works. Jonathan Cohn compares this site to a commercial version and gives the government site higher marks.