To make it easier for people to compare health insurance plans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has upgraded its HealthCare.gov to include information about benefits and pricing from hundreds of insurers.
More than 225 health insurance companies have provided information about individual and family plans for more than 4,400 policies, according to the department. Consumers can search for and compare information on plans based on their age, gender, family size, tobacco use and location.
Consumers can get price estimates and find out the percentage of people who applied for insurance and were denied health insurance coverage – as well as the percentage of applicants who were charged higher premiums because of their health status. The site was created under the Affordable Care Act,
The department launched the Web site in July and has been working to improve it since then. It now also provides details about annual deductibles, out-of-pocket limits, services covered and the consumer's share of costs for covered services.