A database entitled QHP Individual Medical Landscape can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) web site that lists every plan available through the healthcare exchanges in every state and county, including the provider, level of service and cost. Consumers can see what the various plans under the Affordable Care Act will cost before going through the enrollment process.
The cost of the plans tend to be higher in states, such as Wisconsin, where federal funding for Medicare expansion was not accepted.
Despite the “glitches,” the DHHS’s healthcare.gov web site contains some very useful information that many seeking to enroll in Obamacare are not aware of. Those using browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome tend to get better results on the site than those using Internet Explorer.
The Obama administration estimates that about 476,000 people have already enrolled or have begun the process, yet it is well-known that the web site is experiencing problems that have frustrated many applicants.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said on Wednesday that team of high-tech experts from within the government and from Silicon Valley is going to tackle the issues. "I think my job is to get this fully implemented and to get the website working right," she told Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a CNN interview.
"Nobody's madder than me about the website not working as well as it should," President Obama said, "which means it's going to get fixed."
For anyone having trouble enrolling and comparing plans and prices, the QHP Individual Medical Landscape is a very useful tool. Just click here to view the database.