July 01, 2010

Department of Health and Human Services Launches Internet Portal for Individuals and Small Groups

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an internet portal July 1, 2010, to offer individuals and small groups information on insurance plans in their markets.

The portal also includes eligibility information about a variety of existing public programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It also provides resources to help users learn about prevention, compare care quality and understand the new law.

The portal is designed as an information resource for consumers and small businesses until the state Exchanges become active in 2014. At that time, the portal will serve as a mechanism for individuals and small businesses to shop for and purchase health insurance in their markets.

In the meantime, the government’s web portal is being developed in stages. Pricing estimates for coverage options will be released on the portal on Oct. 1, 2010.

The information on this website is based on BCBSLA’s review of the national healthcare reform legislation and is not intended to impart legal advice. Interpretations of the reform legislation vary, and efforts will be made to present and update accurate information. This overview is intended as an educational tool only and does not replace a more rigorous review of the law's applicability to individual circumstances and attendant legal counsel and should not be relied upon as legal or compliance advice. Analysis is ongoing and additional guidance is also anticipated from the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, some reform regulations may differ for particular members enrolled in certain programs such as the Federal Employee Program, and those members are encouraged to consult with their benefit administrators for specific details.