Reporting from Washington — The federal government has started a new website aimed at taking the guesswork out of finding a healthcare plan.
The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled HealthCare.gov intending to help people navigate their health insurance options and understand the provisions in the recently passed healthcare law.
The website, unveiled Wednesday night in time to meet a July 1 deadline, was a requirement in the healthcare law passed in March. In October, the website will launch a tool that will let people compare the pricing of various insurance policy plans they qualify for, a feature that's receiving backlash from some large insurance companies.
Last month, America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's Washington-based lobbying arm, sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services voicing concerns with the insurance plan information that may be listed in the upcoming feature. For example, the department asked insurance companies for data about how many claims its health plans deny.