Reform Alert - News from the Blues' Office of National Health Reform

Government Internet portal for individuals and small groups up and running

July 1, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an Internet portal on July 1 to help individuals and small businesses see what health insurance options are available in their markets. The portal also includes eligibility information about a variety of existing public programs, including high risk pools, Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The portal is not intended as a mechanism for consumers to buy insurance, but rather as a tool for them to get information until the state Exchanges are active in 2014.

The site provides information on reforms and allows users to access information specific to them based on answers they provide to basic questions. The site provides resources to help users:

The portal also includes news releases, speeches, webcasts and video, and reform fact sheets. 

Pricing estimates for coverage options will be added to the portal on Oct. 1, 2010.

The information on this website is based on BCBSM's review of the national health care 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.