More than 7 million Americans – including 316,000 Georgians – bought health insurance through HealthCare.gov in its first year of operation.
Through the site, consumers can shop for dozens of health plan options offered by private insurance companies, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Humana and Cigna. Nine insurers plan to offer plans in Georgia, up from just five last year. HealthCare.gov users can also learn if they qualify for federal tax credits to lower premiums or for government insurance.
The updated website will work more smoothly and will be a big step forward in helping reach new potential consumers with the information they need, said Mayra Alvarez, an official with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Alvarez spoke at a gathering of hundreds of government workers from across the country at the National Academy for State Health Policy’s annual conference held in Atlanta this week.
“There is information coming at people from every angle,” she said. “There’s a lot of fluff that needs to get weeded through.”